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amyrose2712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-11 07:34 AM
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Mountain Glacier Melt to Contribute 12 Centimeters to World Sea-Level Increases by 2100
ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2011) Melt off from small mountain glaciers and ice caps will contribute about 12 centimetres to world sea-level increases by 2100, according to UBC research published this week in Nature Geoscience.

The largest contributors to projected global sea-level increases are glaciers in Arctic Canada, Alaska and landmass bound glaciers in the Antarctic. Glaciers in the European Alps, New Zealand, the Caucasus, Western Canada and the Western United Sates--though small absolute contributors to global sea-level increases--are projected to lose more than 50 per cent of their current ice volume.
The study modelled volume loss and melt off from 120,000 mountain glaciers and ice caps, and is one of the first to provide detailed projections by region. Currently, melt from smaller mountain glaciers and ice caps is responsible for a disproportionally large portion of sea level increases, even though they contain less than one per cent of all water on Earth bound in glacier ice.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/1101101037...
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