Doomsday Glacier Could Melt Faster Than Anticipated, Stay Cautious

One of the world's most closely monitored glaciers may melt faster than expected, causing sea levels to rise

Thwaites Glacier, called "doomsday" due to the effects of melting, has the potential to decline twice as fast as it has in recent years

The study's goal was to predict how the body would move in the future based on how it moved in the past

The glacier's traces on the seafloor enabled geologists to reconstruct its movements from a century ago

At this point, satellite imaging has only provided information about the glacier's movements going back about 30 years

Around 100 years ago, the glacier was shrinking at a rate of over 1.3 miles per year, which was twice as fast as its movements from 2011 to 2019

Researchers believe the melting glacier will soon reach a large ice-filled basin inland, contributing to rising sea levels

Thwaites Glacier, that has a size of Florida, is one of Antarctica's largest, contributing 5% to global sea-level rise

According to studies, the ice sheet could collapse by 2031. The breakup of the glacier could raise global waters by 2 feet

Its future behavior has been thoroughly studied, and scientists regard it as a reliable predictor of the effects of climate change