Doomsday Glacier Antarctica Melting

According to Scientists, Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' might melt faster than anticipated.

Researchers announced this week that a huge glacier in Antarctica is at risk of melting at a faster rate than previously anticipated.

The Thwaites Glacier, often known as the "Doomsday Glacier," melted by 1.3 miles per year over six months in the last 200 years, according to a study published Monday in Nature Geoscience.

According to the researchers, the glacier's retreat is a warning sign for the future as global temperatures continue to climb.

However if the glacier broke apart, the oceans around the world could rise by up to 2 feet, the news source said.

bout 100 years ago, it retreated faster than it is currently retreating. … You could say that's good news, because it's not so bad now compared to what it was in the past," said study co-author Anna Wåhlin

Because of the evident potentially disastrous consequences of the glacier's retreat, it is frequently referred to as the "Doomsday" glacier.

Warming waters are thinning and weakening the glacier's ice shelf, according to researchers. Uncoupling from its undersea ridge could destabilise it.

"I visualize it somewhat similar to that car window where you have a few cracks that are slowly propagating," Oregon State University's Dr. Erin Pettit said of the glacier's mel