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AustraliaSatellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes

03:05  14 june  2019
03:05  14 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. “Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica – there, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.”

Satellites reveal that an area of Antarctica thought to be stable and unaffected by other changes on the Continent is showing the first signs of melting. It was thought East Antarctica had shown very little evidence of change in its glacier melt over the decades.

Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd NSW farmer Gavin Moore on his drought-ravaged farm.

Data from new satellites has produced troubling snapshots of the recent drought in Australia while confirming a significant loss of ice in Antarctica.

Researchers from the Australian National University found parts of NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and much of Western Australia were drier in December 2018 than they were during the Millennium drought.

The Millenium drought, which lasted from 2001 to 2009, is considered the worst since European settlement and the new data "points to worrying times ahead", lead researcher Paul Tregoning said.

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Antarctica 's ice shelves are being melted away by warm ocean currents underneath, shows data collected from a NASA satellite . The animation above shows the circulation of ocean currents around the western Antarctic ice shelves. The shelf thickness is indicated by the color; red is thicker (greater

Further, the researchers believe the Totten Glacier region of Antarctica has lost 1.4 billion tonnes of water - enough to fill 570,000 Olympic swimming pools - which was stored as ice.

"This is very concerning, since a destabilisation of the ice sheet in that region could affect the global sea level by many metres," Dr Tregoning said.

The data came from two sets of NASA GRACE satellites; some of which were decommissioned in late 2017 before a new cohort were launched in May 2018.

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Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes
Satellites reveal drought, Antarctic woes

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