Sea Levels Could Rise By 6 to 9 Metres Over Time

Sea Levels Could Rise By 6 to 9 Metres Over Time.

Corals dying as a result of rising ocean temperatures seem to correlate to melting of continental ice sheets, in the Arctic and Antarctica. Together, Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets contain more than 99 percent of the freshwater ice on Earth. The Antarctic Ice Sheet extends almost 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles), roughly the area of the contiguous United States and Mexico combined, and contains 30 million cubic kilometers (7.2 million cubic miles) of ice. The Greenland Ice Sheet extends about 1.7 million square kilometers (656,000 square miles), covering most of the island of Greenland, three times the size of Texas. If the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, scientists estimate that sea level would rise about 6 meters (20 feet). If the Antarctic Ice Sheet melted, sea level would rise by about 60 meters (200 feet). Apart from that the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets also influence weather and climate, where large high-altitude plateaus on the ice caps alter storm tracks and create cold downslope winds close to the ice surface. The rising ocean temperatures and its repercussions is the focus of this article.

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