Totten Glacier, which is one of the world’s largest glaciers located in East Antarctica, is being affected by the intense impacts of climate change and hence draining at a faster pace, a research report revealed. As per the survey reports of an international group of scientists from the United States and Australia, an ocean of hot water is standing behind the melt of the ice glacial in Antarctic.
In a new study, researchers gave some serious concerns over the harsh impact of climate change on the water and ice bodies of the world. The survey discussed a number of problems and causes behind the dissolve of world’s one of the largest glacier in East Antarctic. According to the study, the growing level of warm water in a nearby channel is triggering the melt of ice glacier. Totten Glacier, which is one of the largest ice sheets of East Antarctica, is gradually softening due to the impact of the warm water channel streaming over its surface.
The study was based on a series of unparalleled ocean observations made by the ecologists and scientists of the United State and Australia, alleged the rising level of ocean temperatures in seas above 0.62 miles (One kilometer) to be the primary cause behind the melt of ice glacier.
The temperature is causing the melt of ice sheets right at the edge of Totten glacier as the researchers have found the ice sheets floating in the sea in pieces. The scientists also affirmed that balmy sea water is streaming in the direction of the glacier at the speed of 220,000 cubic meters per second, forcing the ice to melt at an alarming rate.
According to the statistics published in the survey report, the warm aquatic is causing the ice ledge to dissolve between 63 and 80 billion tons of its entire throng to the ocean annually and is forcing it to drop around 32 feet (10 meters) of width per year. To recall, the diminution also has been noticed previously on the basis of satellite measurements.
A year back, a team of scientists from Australia found a large channel of warm water outlined about 10 kilometers thick and 1 kilometer deep flowing ahead of the western side of the Totten Glacier and confirmed it to be the primary reason behind the melt of the ice glacier.