Antarctica’s second largest ice shelf could shrink dramatically

Antarctica's second largest ice shelf could shrink dramatically

Before the end of the century, rising temperatures could trigger an influx of warm water beneath Antarctica’s second-largest ice shelf – and once it begins, researchers say there’s ‘no going back.’ The phenomenon would cause the ice to lose contact with the seafloor, which has so far acted as a natural brake to slow the ice flow. Scientists say they've already detected the first signs of the process, and once underway, it will cause the ice to shed at a much faster rate, dramatically shrinking the massive Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf.

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