Antarctica: Unprecedented Western Ice Melt and CO2-Saturated Southern Ocean

"The western Antarctic ice melt was unprecedented.
We’d never seen anything like this in the past 25 years."

- Ted Scambos, Ph.D., Glaciologist, NSIDC

 Yellow and red colors on western Antarctica indicate where NASA's QuikScat satellite in January 2005 detected snowmelt by radar pulses that bounced off ice formed when snowmelt refroze. The unprecedented ice melt was equal to the size of California. Image courtesy NASA/JPL.
Yellow and red colors on western Antarctica indicate where NASA's QuikScat satellite in January 2005 detected snowmelt by radar pulses that bounced off ice formed when snowmelt refroze. The unprecedented ice melt was equal to the size of California. Image courtesy NASA/JPL.

May 18, 2007  Boulder, Colorado -  The Washington Post, on May 16, 2007, published an editorial by three eminent American scientists in which these words were stated:  “Climate change is the most critical problem the Earth has ever faced.”

 

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