Scientists have issued a dire warning about the future of Antarctica. As per their believes, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could collapse within the next 100 years.
As the consequence, the sea level could rise up to 10 feet which may result in flooding of the coastlines around the world. Researchers made a key discovery in 2015 when an iceberg measuring almost 225 square miles broke off from the Pine Island Glacier.
In satellite images taken before the iceberg broke off, what the scientists noticed was a shocking rift at the very base of the ice shelf. The rift started spreading nearly two years before breaking through the surface. This implies that the glacier broke apart from the inside out, which is a clear sign that the ice sheet is rapidly and still melting weakened by the warming ocean.
As stated by Ian Howat, Ohio State University Glaciologist;
“It’s no longer a question of whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt – it’s a question of when.”
So, it remains to be seen how long it takes for the world forces to acknowledge the fact that we are losing one of the most important area of the world with the most disastrous of the consequences.