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Earth's Polar Ice Melting Less Than Thought

Better technology yields better data. The bad news is the extra water from 2003-2010 would fill Lake Erie eight times By Jason Koebler

Nearly 230 billion tons of ice is melting into the ocean from glaciers, ice caps, and mountaintops annually—which is actually less than previous estimates, according to new research by scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

If the amount of ice lost between 2003 and 2010 covered the United States, the whole country would be under one-and-a-half feet of water, or it'd fill Lake Erie eight times, researchers say. Ocean levels worldwide are rising about six tenths of an inch per year, according to researcher John Wahr.

While vast quantities of ice melting into the ocean is not exactly good news, Wahr says, according to his team's estimates, about


Added: Feb-8-2012 Occurred On: Feb-8-2012
By: marc1921
Science and Technology
Tags: Polar, ice, cap, , awg, NASA, , GRACE, satellite
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States (load item map)
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