Antarctic summer ice melting ten times faster than report claims…
James Ross Island from NASA’s DC-8 aircraft during an AirSAR 2004 mission over the Antarctic Peninsula (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sydney: Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, with the most rapid melt occurring in the last 50 years, a joint Australian-British study showed Monday.
A research team from the Australian National University and the British Antarctic Survey drilled a 364-metre (1,194 feet) long ice core from James Ross Island in the continent’s north to measure past temperatures in the area.
Visible layers in the ice core indicated periods when summer snow on the ice cap thawed and then refroze.