A ‘Doomsday Glacier’ in Antarctica Could Soon Collapse

A ‘Doomsday Glacier’ in Antarctica Could Soon Collapse

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Giving the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, one of the world's greatest glaciers, the moniker "Doomsday Glacier,"

Data reveal that the glacier's pace of retreat might accelerate at any time, resulting in a collapse that could raise global sea level by more than two feet.

In a press release, Ali Graham, a Florida University marine biologist and principal author of the study, states, "Just a slight push to Thwaites might lead to a tremendous response."

A multi-national scientific team used the bright orange Rán robotic vehicle equipped with image sensors to scan the seafloor in front of the glacier.

It was the first time in history that the glacier front had been reached.

Graham states in the announcement, "It was definitely a once in a lifetime expedition."

“Our results suggest that pulses of very rapid retreat have occurred at Thwaites Glacier in the last two centuries, and possibly as recently as the mid-20thcentury,” Graham says.