Glacier Thwaites Glacier Antarctica Sea level rise Ice Climate 2022 'Doomsday Glacier' in Antarctica may melt faster

than anticipated, researchers say Researchers announced this week that a large glacier in Antarctica is in danger of melting

at a faster rate than previously thought. In a thoroughly published study Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience,

researchers said Thwaites Glacier, also often referred to as the Doomsday Glacier, has melted as much as 1.3 miles

per year over a six month period over the past 200 years. . This is more than double the rate recorded between 2011 and 2019.

Our results suggest that Thwaites Glacier has had pulses of very rapid retreat over the past two centuries,

most recently in the mid-20th century, said Alistair Graham, a marine geophysicist at the College of Marine Science in South Florida.

Glacier retreat a grim sign for the future The temperature around the planet continues to rise. Thwaites is actually

grasping at its fingernails today and we expect to see big changes on smaller time scales in the future, even from one year 

to the next as the glacier retreats from a shallow ridge in its bed, said the British Antarctic Survey. Robert Larter,

About the size of Florida, Antarctica accounts for about 5 percent of Antarctica's involvement in worldwide sea level rise, 

according to NBC News. If glaciers collapse, oceans around the world could rise by up to 2 feet, the outlet estimated.

May be as early as 2031. 100 years ago it retreated sharply to the present. While this is good news, it is no longer

so bad than it used to be, said study co-author Anna Vahlin, a professor of physical oceanography at the University

of Gothenburg in Sweden, according to NBC News. One might even say bad news, because it could happen again.

How the glacier might have had its effect on the planet if it retreated is how it earned its Doomsday nickname.

Graham said in the news release that just a small kick to Thwaites could get a big reaction. Researchers told the BBC

BBC in December that warmer waters are weakening the glacier's ice shelf. As it progresses, the water may

separate from the ridge below, which will destabilize it. Dr. Erin Petit of Oregon State University said of the glacier melt

that I see it like a car window, where you have cracks that are themselves slowly expanding and then

slowly expanding and then suddenly go on a bump. The whole thing in the car starts to shatter in every direction.