What is currently happening to the glaciers in Antarctica?

Asked by Julianna

Most of the glaciers in Antarctica are currently shrinking. Around 87 % of the glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula are in recession, and glaciers at the northern end of the Antarctic Peninsula are currently shrinking rapidly. You can read more about this in this Blog Post.

In West Antarctica, Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is shrinking and thinning and accelerating, and this is a concern as it is grounded well below sea level. PIG drains much of West Antarctica, and rapid change here has implications for marine ice sheet instability.

Pritchard and Vaughan (2009) note that there is some thickening in the Siple Coast ice streams, and there is less change in many of the glaciers in East Antarctica. However, ice shelves around East Antarctica are thinning and receding, which may cause rapid glacier acceleration and recession if they collapse.

1 thought on “What is currently happening to the glaciers in Antarctica?”

  1. Hello to whom it may concern the snow is about mad question that Clint is a result from the 2000 year of the Polar shift and due to National Geographic site to stay at the polar shift is still increasing well the South Pole has to go as well as a polar shift you have four oceans meet up right there in Antarctica has a lot of cracks there has the Earth’s axis tilt well gravity has to pull at some point.

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