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Global Sea Levels Could Rise ‘Up To Five Metres’ If Certain Antarctic Ice Sheets Melt

Sunset on the Sabrina Coast, East Antarctica. Steffen Saustraup/ The University of Texas at Austin

An Antarctic ice sheet found to be less resistant to warming temperatures than previously thought could raise sea levels by as much as five metres if it melts, scientists have warned.

Ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica were known to be shrinking but the East Antarctic was thought to be far more stable.

However, in a new paper published in the journal Nature, a research team found the East Antarctic ice sheet has actually been sensitive to climate change for millions of years.

The Independent, Dec.14, 2017

Newsweek, Dec.20, 2017

Featuring: Sean Gulick, Research Professor, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences