One of the regions most affected by global warming is Antarctica, and recently scientists from NASA seems to be checking this problem.
It has a huge cavity of 25 square miles and 980 feet high, located inside Thwaites Glacierwith a size equal to two-thirds of the Manhattan surface.
Huge cavity, 40 square kilometers and 300 meters high, growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier (currently responsible for 4% of world sea level rise). Western Antarctica confirms that this ice mass has collapsed pic.twitter.com/b2fGjyaFi1
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According to experts, this huge gap could have been occupied by some 14,000 million tons of icethat has practically melted in the last three years, causing concern in the scientific community.
"The size of the farm under the glacier plays an important role in the merger process. As the glacier penetrates more heat and water, it melts faster," he said. Pietro Milillo, one of the specialists responsible for detection.
This discovery was achieved thanks to radars capable of entering the Thwaites Glacier Ice, which was already suspected of not being firmly attached to the continental land.
According to NASA, Thwaites Glacier is responsible for almost four percent of sea level rise. In addition, it has enough ice to increase the global ocean to just over 2 inches.
If this Antarctic glacier, the size of Florida, collapses in the sea, it could be an event that changes the course of civilization.
– Race to Understand Antarctica's Most Terrible Glacier https://t.co/RKel1oT7e9 pic.twitter.com/u7a9Yuctmr
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This and other similar studies carried out by the US Space Agency underline the importance of detailed observations on this thick ice mass in order to calculate the rate at which sea levels will rise due to climate change.