Warm ocean water is melting East Antarctica's largest glacier

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Right now, a team of about 30 researchers are sailing through the turbulent waters of the Southern Ocean aboard an Australian research vessel named the “Aurora Australis,” hoping to collect vital intelligence on East Antarctic glaciers. 

Their work on prior missions has already revealed some unsettling results.

The information these scientists gathered during the Antarctic summer of 2014 and 2015 makes clear that glaciers and ice shelves in East Antarctica are vulnerable to some of the same forces that appear to have set into motion an irreversible melt of parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Amundsen Sea.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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