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NASA scientists believe, that the melting glaciers of Antarctica will raise global sea levels by 4.5 meters- VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:00

NASA scientists believe, that the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet is an irreversible process and may lead to an increase in global sea level by about 15 feet ( 4.5 meters ) in the next century. NASA research conducted over the past 40 years and is based on data obtained from aircraft, satellites and from the direct study of glaciers scientists. "In the system there are a sort of chain reaction that can not be stopped ," - said Rignot. However, scientists say that the melting process takes more than one century and "we have seen only its initial stage". In the Antarctic ice sheet contains about 61% of all fresh water reserves in the world , equivalent to 70 meters of sea level. In East Antarctica, the ice sheet constitute the foundation of continental rocks, the depth of which is insignificant, whereas in West Antarctica foundation plunges more than 2,500 meters below sea level and ice thickness at the rear borders can be up to 1 - 1.3 km, VIDEO:

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