Antarctica’s Underwater Ice Is Retreating 5 Times Faster Than It Should Be

15DB07E4-0F6B-4C07-967C-ADE66DF67DED.jpegWhen you imagine an Antarctic glacier melting, you probably envision great walls of ice avalanching into the ocean in jagged, splashing chunks. This is certainly happening — but it’s only half the story. At the same time, hundreds of feet inland and deep underwater where even remote-controlled submersibles cannot venture, the warming ocean is also chipping away huge swaths of Antarctica’s frosty underbelly. According to a new study published yesterday (April 2) in the journal Nature Geoscience, ice is receding deep below eight of Antarctica’s largest glaciers at an alarming rate — roughly five times faster than it should be…..More

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