Warm ocean melting East Antarctica’s largest glacier

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SYDNEY: The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter (20-foot) rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday. The 120-kilometer (74.4 mile) long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents. But a just-returned voyage to the frozen region found the waters around the glacier were warmer than expected and likely melting the ice from below.

AFP

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