Antarctic ‘doomsday glacier’ may be melting faster than was thought

1st May, 2021

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Thwaites glacier in west Antarctica is more than 1km deep and holds enough ice to raise the sea level by 65cm. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

An Antarctic glacier larger than the UK is at risk of breaking up after scientists discovered more warm water flowing underneath it than previously thought. The fate of Thwaites – nicknamed the doomsday glacier – and the massive west Antarctic ice sheet it supports are the biggest unknown factors in future global sea level rise.

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