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May 11, 2012

Melting Away

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Help! We’re melting! Glaciers (slow moving rivers of ice) cover 10% of the earth and store 75% of our fresh water. Glaciers naturally retreat and grow a little but, some of the world’s glaciers from Antarctica to the North Pole have been retreating recently at DOUBLE or TRIPLE their average rates.

Scientists view rapid melting as an indicator of global warming. The glaciers have been melting so rapidly that scientists have even noticed an increase in the global sea level (1-2mm per year). If all the glaciers of the world melted, the sea level across the globe would rise over 200 feet (that’s more than FIVE houses stacked on top of each other).

Find it hard to believe? Compare these photographs of glaciers from the past to current ones and see for yourself.

Scientists estimate that glaciers are receding about 2% annually. See if you can see the difference in these photos.

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