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Old 22.04.2005, 10:10   #1
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Default Antarctic glaciers show retreat

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The glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula are in rapid retreat.

A detailed study reported in Science magazine shows nearly 90% of the ice bodies streaming down from the mountains to the ocean are losing mass.

But the authors - a joint team from the British-Antarctic and US-Geological Surveys - say the big melt could have a number of complex causes.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4471135.stm
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'Shrinking rapidly'

"We found that 87% of the 244 glaciers have shown retreat since the earliest records, which on average were 1953.

"This is a reverse of the pattern 50 years ago - then most glaciers were actually growing. Now the majority are shrinking and rapidly."

The melting trend began in the north of the peninsula and has steadily worked southwards. The last five years have seen the greatest losses in mass, with an average shrinkage of 50m per year.
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