Warm air currents create huge holes in Antarctic ice

Researchers from the United States, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates have found that the huge holes in the Antarctic glacier are caused by warm air currents.

We are talking about narrow streams of warm humid air, which are also called atmospheric rivers.

This process can be traced to the example of a huge ice hole, which appeared in the winter of 1973 in the ice of the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica. After a while, in the spring of 2017, researchers found wormwood in the same place.

Kyle Mattingly, Research Fellow, Institute for the Earth, Ocean and Atmosphere, Rutgers University

NASA previously released a video showing the scale of the climate catastrophe associated with melting glaciers. In Antarctica, due to global warming, 118 gigatons of ice are melting annually, and in Greenland – 200 gigatons.

Let us recall that the process of glacier melting has accelerated over the past decade. According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, if the entire Antarctic ice sheet melts, ocean levels will rise by about 60 meters, with catastrophic consequences for the Earth.

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