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Rare good news: Bedrock rise may slow ice melt

from Cosmos

In what appears to be rare good news for sea level rise, bedrock underneath parts of West Antarctica is rising at a rate of 41 millimetres per year, or more than four metres per century, scientists say. That's fast enough, says Valentina Barletta, a geophysicist from the Technical University of Denmark, that it could help prevent or delay the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a collection of gigantic glaciers on the Pacific Ocean side of Antarctica. Currently one of the most rapidly melting regions in the world, the sheet contains enough ice to raise sea levels by several metres if it were all to liquidize. more


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