Endangered glacier: After studying it for 14 years, a Peruvian glacier may soon reach the point of no return
Changes in glacier extent, which can be seen in many locations around the world, can be interpreted as a direct response to changes in climate.
Global warming has caused 28 trillion tonnes of ice to disappear from the Earth's surface since 1994
Researchers warn that as the ice melts, the dark soil underneath will absorb heat and the earth’s surface won't be able to reflect back the same amount of solar radiation.
The findings show that atmospheric warming is attacking ice shelves from above as well as warm ocean water at the surface.
Scientists are particularly interested in these lakes because they may contribute to destabilising the ice shelves and ice sheet in future.
Unlike the melting ice in Greenland, Antarctic ice loss is due to icebergs discharge into the ocean, which is hardly easy to model.
As temperatures continue to rise in the Antarctic, surface melting could occur more frequently, and across a wider area.
A new study found only three percent of the glaciers will remain by 20190, using climate projection models,