Most dangerous in the world, Thwaites Glacier to collapse as huge cavity found

February 4, 2019 6:33 PM |

climatechange-antarctica- art

West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier has covered 70,270 square miles, almost the approximate size of Florida. This ice mass has also been labelled as the “world's most dangerous glacier” because it holds enough ice to raise the world oceans more than two feet.

The cavity in Thwaites Glacier was exposed by ice-penetrating radar in the NASA study into connections between the polar regions and global climate. The Thwaites Glacier is currently responsible for 4 percent of global sea level rise.

Along with this, Thwaites Glacier even backstops other ice sheets with the potential to raise sea levels an additional eight feet, if all the ice is lost.

NASA researchers have discovered the presence of a previously-unknown deep cavity at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier. This cavity is growing fast and presently is two-third the size of Manhattan about 1,000 ft tall.

Previously also NASA researchers have made a series of shocking discoveries about the state of the glacier. Recently, some holes have been discovered between ice and bedrock at Thwaites' bottom. But the size and “volatile growth rate” of the cavity is shocking.

NASA also believes that the cavity is giant enough to have contained 14 billion tons of ice, most of which melted only in the last three years.

The discoveries demonstrate the need for detailed observations of Antarctic glaciers' undersides in scheming how fast global sea levels will rise in response to climate change.

Image Credit: Public International Radio

Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to skymetweather.com

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
Light #rain along with #lightning in #Noida. #Delhi #NCR to witness these #PreMonsoon #weather activities for next… t.co/sB5IWfvjJP
Friday, May 24 00:38Reply
While the estimated #SeaLevelRise of two metres is plausible, it is something which should make humans think and ta… t.co/P7mPqeEy0R
Thursday, May 23 21:45Reply
In the coming days, patchy pre-Monsoon #weather activities might occur in parts of #Kolkata. t.co/9k0s4s4uNT
Thursday, May 23 20:45Reply
In the remaining days of May, no #rainfall activity is forecast for #SouthIndia except for the region of South Inte… t.co/V93kGdlfYr
Thursday, May 23 20:15Reply
Thursday, May 23 19:43Reply
PM #Modi's convoy which headed from his residence to the BJP HQ welcomed by #DelhiRains. A pleasant and rainy welco… t.co/xESrK1ebfG
Thursday, May 23 19:18Reply
Watch out Senior Anchor Devendra Tripathi talk about Delhi rains #rains #delhirains #weather t.co/FIoS20MpyL
Thursday, May 23 18:40Reply
#Hailstorm and #rain being observed at few places in #Delhi and NCR. #Traffic disruption reported from some places.… t.co/UGw46K86Fh
Thursday, May 23 18:34Reply
Raining in #Noida, expect the evening to get better. #Rain #Delhi #DelhiRains t.co/uVZwBsw5Jx
Thursday, May 23 18:31Reply

latest news

USAID Skymet Partnership

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try