May 14, 2014
Runaway Glaciers In West Antarctica
[ Read the Story: New Study Declares That The Loss Of West Antarctic Glaciers Is ‘Inevitable’ ]
Glaciologist Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, narrates this animation depicting the processes leading to the decline of six rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica. A new study by Rignot and others finds the rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.
Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory