Scientists: Antarctica will face a natural disaster of a planetary scale


New findings from studies of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica paint a bleak picture. This glacier is known for its rapid movement and the threat of rising sea levels. It flows into the Pine Island Bay of the Amundsen Sea, east of the extinct Murphy Volcano and is often called the "Doomsday Glacier," writes New Atlas.


An international group (almost 100 specialists) of climate scientists have established that a natural disaster awaits Antarctica due to global warming. The aforementioned giant and dangerous glacier will collapse in 5-10 years, which can provoke a cataclysm of a planetary scale - the destabilization of the entire ice cover in this part of the continent, which will lead to devastating consequences.

International Thwaites Glacier Cooperation (ITGC) Coordinator Ted Scambol provided details. He said that this glacier is very large and extends for 120 km.

Over the past 30 years, the outflow rate has doubled, and the glacier itself contains enough mass to raise the water level on the planet by 0,6 m.And this could lead to an even greater rise in the level, up to 3 m, if it pulls the surrounding glaciers with it

- the specialist outlined the perspective.

According to him, the shelf part of the glacier (located in the sea) is now pressed against the seamount and is partially held by floating ice masses, while remaining relatively stable. However, the entire glacier is exposed to intense climatic influences, and deep and long channels are formed under its mainland, through which water enters the sea. There, areas of warm and salty water have been identified that allow more efficient mainland ice melting.

In the thickness of the shelf part, huge cracks have formed, which spread to its center at a speed of up to 2 km per year. But worst of all, these cracks go straight to a weak zone of thin ice. This can provoke the formation of a zigzag fault, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of the ice shelf. The expert suggested that as soon as this happens, the mainland part of the glacier will probably begin to collapse into the sea.
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  1. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 14 December 2021 20: 01
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    There will be nothing terrible there. It happened there, what happened. The elephant that supports the flat planet fell asleep a little and the end of the earth plunged into the hot ocean that supports the planet and the elephants to keep from freezing. Toko, God forbid, if he straightens up strongly, then all the water from the planet will fly away somewhere.
  2. gorskova.ir Offline gorskova.ir
    gorskova.ir (Irina Gorskova) 14 December 2021 20: 55
    +1
    Nothing is eternal under the Moon. But is that "devil who is painted" really so terrible? I doubt it very much. That's how they shouted that freon in refrigerators is dangerous. So what? Someone very well refilled their pocket with new refrigerant. I remember about the "ozone holes" there was a terrible cry ... Where did everything go?
  3. Captain stoner Offline Captain stoner
    Captain stoner (Captain Stoner) 14 December 2021 21: 56
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    The people inhabiting the Earth can only talk about all these imaginary and real cataclysms, but humanity is simply not able to exert any influence on them, therefore we need to be more calm about this: maybe it will happen, or maybe it will not happen. And if it happens, you need to take as calmly as possible what is inevitable.
  4. isofat Offline isofat
    isofat (isofat) 14 December 2021 22: 13
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    According to V. I. Vernadsky, in the biosphere there is a great geological, perhaps cosmic force, the planetary action of which is usually not taken into account in the concept of space ... This force is the mind of man, his striving and organized will as a social being.

    Traders in power. They mutilate people too. Money is their god.
    1. Captain stoner Offline Captain stoner
      Captain stoner (Captain Stoner) 14 December 2021 22: 49
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      Traders in power. They mutilate people too. Money is their god.

      The authorities are not hucksters, but politicians.
      And even in the last 50 years, too many supranational, global organizations have divorced, receiving huge amounts of money in the form of all kinds of grants to substantiate unproven pseudo-scientific ideas such as "ozone holes", "global warming" and other heresies.
      Politicians in power follow the lead of these "fighters for the environment" and make decisions that hinder the development of humanity as a whole.
      1. isofat Offline isofat
        isofat (isofat) 15 December 2021 13: 01
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        Captain stoner! Traders on a leash skip their politicians, and they are mostly cyclists, but there are also cables. smile
  5. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 15 December 2021 12: 31
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    If we have already decided to scare people and hypothetically assume that all the glaciers of Antarctica, the Green Country and the Arctic will suddenly melt, as the approximate calculations of the global flood show, however, all one thing will not happen - having got rid of the weight of the glaciers pressing on them, Antarctica and the Green Country will “float up”, and possibly Other continents or some of their parts will also "float up". This will cause a huge destructive tsunami similar to those when the South American plate separated from the African and moved westward at a speed of 5 km / h, will cause movement and fractures of continental plates, unprecedented earthquake and volcanic activity, other cataclysms, which will lead to the death of 1/3 all life on earth, in the sea and in the air.
    It's just that the uncles keep their nose to the wind and blow in the tune of demagogues who are afraid of climate change under the influence of human activity and justify the necessity and importance of their work and funding.
  6. Denis radish Offline Denis radish
    Denis radish (Denis Moroz) 26 December 2021 13: 27
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    it would be so quicker !!!!