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Antarctica melting – Will humans extinct?

February's record heat wave on Eagle Island in Antarctica. Photo: NASA

The conservation of nature had always been a big topic for the past few decades; however, human activities had irreversibly contributed to changing the natural balance of the earth. Global warming plays a significant role in the destruction of our planet, especially by melting the ice burgs in poles, especially in Antarctica, raising the sea levels. The climate all over the world changes, accordingly creating unexpected disasters one had never heard before.

The 6th of February 2020 – Eagle Island, Antarctica

The Eagle Island is located capping Antarctica near the Esperanza Base in the northern tip of Antarctica. The island recorded an abnormal rise of temperature on the 6th of February 2020. It which was around 65 degrees in Fahrenheit. It was the same temperature as Los Angeles the same day in North America. While it lasted since the 13th of February, the island lost a tremendous amount of ice. This was 4 inches in total over a week.

The images from NASA on Antarctica

According to them, the Eagle Island had lost around 20% of its accumulation of snow. The phenomenon was usual for Greenland or Alaska, but experts of Geology state that is a rare case with regards to Antarctica. 

The sorrowful fate of Doomsday Glacier

The bitter truth of the melting of Eagle Island was not the first to come into revelation in 2020. In January, the scientists discovered the Doomsday Glacier of Antarctica had more than a 2-degree temperature in the water beneath it. If this particular glacier melts down completely, it will raise the sea level globally by 3 feet, as it releases a massive amount of water as large as Great Britain. 

The geologists’ record about 85% of glaciers in Antarctica had reduced in size due to the rise of temperature. Within the past 50 years, that comes to about an increase of temperature by 5 degrees. 

What melting of ice in poles can bring about

The sea level had risen and fallen for the past 2000-3000 years in a regular rhythm. However, it had started growing beyond the typical pattern for the previous few years. The leading cause of this is the accelerated melting of the ice in the poles due to global warming. If this continues in the same accelerated manner, scientists predict a profound change in some significant coastal lines around the world.  It has many side effects, including beach erosion and mixing of brine with freshwater sources as the sea carves inland. Some islands like the Maldives may disappear from the earth, and only the mountain areas would be able to provide land for a living. 

Conclusion

Antarctica, though far away from us, is quite important for the humankind! Also, saving nature is no longer a duty, but a huge responsibility every individual must take solely and act quickly.

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