Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Ocean Levels Are Rising

Inch by inch slowly but surely the oceans are rising. Those investing in beachfront property, especially in Florida, might want to take note. Wired reports:

A number of massive glaciers in the West Antarctic are sliding into the ocean at an accelerating rate and raising sea levels, according to new data released Thursday.

The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that six glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea have quickened their march into the ocean over the past 15 years, and the pace has accelerated recently. The fastest of these, the Pine Island Glacier, is ripping along at a six-yards-a-day pace -- 25 percent faster than it was moving in the 1970s -- making it one of the fastest-moving glaciers on Earth.

"What we're seeing here is a comparative gallop," said Eric Rignot, a glaciologist...
Glaciers Quicken Pace to Sea [Wired]

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