In a few more years the world will face a great threat. Satellite images show dangerous cracks in Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, warning scientists that global sea levels could rise sharply. Many areas may be submerged and people may be displaced.
As a result of the warming of the oceans, the Dwights Eastern Ice Shelf (TIES) acts as a melting point for glaciers. In this case, the satellite imagery caused large cracks in the TIES area. If this floating ice breaks, sea levels could rise by 25%, the researchers said.
Glacier expert Ted Skamboss said dramatic changes in glacier conditions were occurring and that the Dwights Glacier was melting so fast that most of it was now in danger of collapsing.
If cracks in the glacier increase and break, it will melt one-third of the eastern part of the Dwights glacier even faster. He warned that due to this event, the melting speed of the glacier will triple.
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