Unprecedented Melting of huge glacier may cause seas to rise

Sea levels around the world are likely to rise because a huge glacier is melting at an unprecedented rate. West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is thinning at a rate that will set the glacier afloat, The London Telegraph reported Friday, citing the findings of a British research team at the University London College. This would destabilize an ice sheet that is half the size of Europe within 600 years. The ice sheet has enough water to raise global sea levels by about yards if the ice melted, "This is, perhaps, the most significant change that has been observed in western Antarctica in recent years," UPI cites one of the reserachers. The findings indicate that Pine Island would disappear within a few hundred years. The glacier is up to 1.5 miles thick and has retreated by more than three miles inland.

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