A study that was published in the Geophysical Research Letters has resulted in the information that nearing twenty percent of all of the ice contained in the Canadian glaciers could melt by this century’s end, if the global temperature is increased by only 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit and 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the Canadian Arctic. This may not sound like a lot, but it doesn’t take that much of an increase on a global scale to completely wreak havoc. This melt along would bring a sea level increase by around 1.4 inches.
The authors are indicating that the melting trend may be unstoppable due to the fact that the current thaw of the white glaciers will be exposing the darker colored tundra and that will soak up more of the sun’s heat thereby accelerating the melting process. Other studies in the past predicted a heavy melt and indications are showing that it may lead to an increase of global sea levels of around 2 cm. This new study is a much more detailed and precise study and researchers are taking this a lot more seriously. The shocking part is that the difference between the two outcomes is equal to 75% more water than they thought.
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