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World's largest ice shelf melting 10 times faster than expected

Apr 30, 2019 16:11 IST

Dubbed as the world's largest ice shelf, the Ross Ice Shelf is melting 10 times faster than expected. This could be attributed to solar heating of the surrounding Antarctic Ocean, warns a study by the University of Cambridge. Scientists spent several years collecting records and data from oceanographic mooring installed under the Ross Ice Shelf that is roughly the size of France. Increasing melt rates in the region may have a drastic impact on the ice shelf's stability.

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