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Press Release 07-083

Glaciers and Ice Caps to Dominate Sea Level Rise Through 21st Century

Ice loss from glaciers and ice will cause a greater rise in sea level sooner than expected

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When a glacier thins, its weight slides faster into the ocean.

When a glacier with its "toe in the water" thins, a larger fraction of its weight is supported by water and it slides faster and calves more ice into the ocean at the glacier terminus.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation


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Interview with Mark Meier of the University of Colorado at Boulder, discussing his team's findings.

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An interview with Mark Meier of the University of Colorado at Boulder, discussing his team's findings.

Credit: National Science Foundation/National Center for Supercomputing Applications (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)