The sudden fall of the Antarctic ice sheet is a sign of things to come

This Sentinel-1A satellite image shows the C-38 iceberg on March 17, 2022. The iceberg broke from the Conger Ice Shelf. (Photo credit: USNIC)

A large Antarctic ice sheet that covered an area as large as New York City or Rome fell into the sea. Scientists note that while they do not expect serious consequences from this event, the melting of ice on this historically stable land may be a sign of things to come.

Satellite images show the sudden disappearance of the Conger Ice Shelf in the East Antarctica between March 14 and March 16. “The Glenzer Conger Ice Shelf has probably been there for thousands of years and will never go there again,” said University of Minnesota glaciologist Peter Neff. NPR. While the ice sheet has been slowly declining since the 1970s, this month’s melting is preceded by a rapid fall this month.

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