East Antarctic ice beginning to melt faster

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    LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - East Antarctica's ice started to melt faster from 2006, which could cause sea levels to rise sooner than anticipated, according to a study by scientists at the University of Texas.

    In the study published in Nature's Geoscience journal, scientists estimated that East Antarctica has been losing ice mass at an average rate of 5 to 109 gigatonnes per year from April 2002 to January 2009, but the rate speeded up from 2006.

    The melt rate after 2006 could be even higher, the scientists said.

    "The key result is that [we] appear to start seeing a large amount of ice loss in East Antarctica, mostly in the long coastal regions (in Wilkes Land and Victoria Land), since 2006," Jianli Chen at the university's centre for space research and one of the study's authors, told Reuters.

    "This, if confirmed, could indicate a state change of East Antarctica, which could pose a large impact on global sea levels in the future," Chen said.

    Previous estimates for East Antarctica projected anywhere between a 4 gigatonne per year loss and a 22 gigatonne per year gain, according to the report.

    The full study is available at Home : Nature Geoscience

    East Antarctic ice began to melt faster in 2006-study | Reuters
     
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    Has anyone been able to reach Phil Jones to get his take on this?
     
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    Are we never supposed to lose or gain so much as a single ice cube over the entire planet?
     
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    And what is the major cause of this, Chris?
     
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    You tell me.
     
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    yeah, but they *lost* his response.

    all that's left is his value added response.
     
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    Is that all you got?
     
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    michael mann was asked, but he was busy being investigated for academic fraud.

    tough break, kirky, have an almond and cheer up.
    :lol:
     
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    It is the East Antarctic ice and Chris is the sun! Arise fair Chris-sun and kill the envious moon. It is the east, and Chris is the sun "
     

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