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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Antarctic Update

Cold is no longer the major danger posed by Antarctica. Its waters may, reasonably soon, be found in the streets and living rooms of our coastal friends. Story released April 22: Antarctic glaciers show major melting:
A comprehensive survey of Antarctic glaciers shows the continent is melting more quickly than thought. ... "These glacier retreat patterns combined with dramatic ice shelf break-ups leave us in no doubt that the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet is extremely sensitive to recent warming," said British glaciologist David Vaugan. ... Glacier retreat is important to the world's environment because it could allow more ice to drain further inland, contributing to a rise in sea levels.

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