Antarctic summer ice melt now occurring 10 times faster than it 600 years ago

4/15/2013
A report has found that the Antarctic summer ice melt is now occurring 10 times faster than it did 600 years ago. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian National University drilled a 360-metre ice core near the northern tip of the peninsula to identify past temperatures.

The ice core gave an extraordinary insight into the temperatures, revealing the coolest conditions, and the lowest melt, occurred six centuries ago. By comparison, it found temperatures now are 1.6 degrees Celsius higher and the ice melt is 10 times as fast.

The lead author of the report, Dr Nerilie Abram from the Australian National University says the most rapid melt has occurred in the last 50 years. Dr Abram says even the slightest increase in temperature is now having an impact.
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