On a continuously warming planet, most of the ice range comprising West Antarctica would be wasted. According to the latest study developed by Chris Turney from the University of New South Wales, during the last interglacial era, approximately 129,000-116,000 years ago, Antarctica encountered a considerable warm-up.
Such a thing produced sea levels to increase almost three meters in some regions of the planet. Turney indicated that the temperatures over the polar oceans were scarcer than 2 degrees Celsius above current rates. Supposedly, an ocean temperature growth of fewer than 2 degrees Celsius directed to that happening. This fact is a matter for concern nowadays, as we continue to observe temperatures increase at an uncommon rate in the polar areas.
Temperatures Like Never-Before In Antarctica
On February 6, temperatures reached 18.3 degrees Celsius at the Argentine research center. Such a result was officially confirmed as the highest temperature encountered in the southern continent so far. It surpasses the last record established back in March 2015 of 17.3 degrees Celsius.
That worries those examining the metamorphosis that Antarctica is encountering this decade is the increase in ocean temperatures, which leads to accelerated ice melt and its likely addition to sea-level growth.
Antarctica Suffers the Most
Unlike the East Antarctic ice layer, which is mostly on high ground, the West Antarctic ice sheet lays on a seabed. It is also limited by massive parts of floating ice that secure the principal segment of the ice field. So, as ocean water warms and moves through the inferior areas of those sheets, the ice beneath melts, diminishing the density of the layers.
It is also changing the central ice sheet extremely to higher water temperatures. Turney’s research involved utilizing an intriguing technique. He used the horizontal investigation of the ice center, based on isotope data gathered from samples of volcanic ash, DNA from bacteria caught in the ice, and gases.