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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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New satellite data processed by Australian scientists has painted a troubling picture of drought across the mainland and Tasmania, and ice loss in Antarctica .

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

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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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.

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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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