Jun 3, 2016

Long Overlooked Area of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss

Veneble Ice Sheet
by
Andrea Thompson
,
Climate Central
The Bellingshausen Coast in West Antarctica. Photo: Robert Bingham
The Bellingshausen Coast in West Antarctica. Photo: Robert Bingham

Over the past few years, the evidence has piled up that glaciers in parts of Antarctica have been melting and retreating at an increasingly worrying — and potentially unstoppable — pace.

Now, new research shows that glaciers in a region of West Antarctica that has received relatively little attention to date have lost a considerable amount of ice. And that ice melt and retreat has been going on for decades, longer than previously thought