We can put away the snorkels, SCUBA suits, and extremely long straws the Antarctic isn’t going to melt and drown us all. In actuality, according to NASA the Antarctic ice is getting thicker faster than it’s losing it. According to the study the southern ice cap is getting thicker which is more than making up for the losses in geography reported by the UN’s IPCC.
The new study, published in the Journal of Glaciology, doesn’t totally undermine the handful of studies showing significant glacier, ice sheet and sea ice shrinkage. Instead, if offers evidence of previously unaccounted gains.
The new tallies reveal an annual net gain of 112 billion tons [of ice]between 1992 and 2001. Annual gains of 82 billion tons were observed between 2003 and 2008.
The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.
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