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Press Release 09-019

Could Sea Level Rise to the Steps of the U.S. Capitol?

Even partial melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would have serious consequences, unevenly felt around the world

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satellite image of Antarctica

The continent of Antarctica appears as a bright white mass in a composite satellite image. Full or partial melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (the lobe at left) would cause the greatest rise in sea level off North America and in the Indian Ocean.

Credit: NASA


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Oregon State University glacial geologist Peter U. Clark, along with University of Toronto professor of geophysics Jerry X. Mitrovica and graduate student Natalya Gomez, discusses the variation in sea-level rise around the world that would result from melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Credit: University of Toronto, Oregon State University, and National Science Foundation

 

Image of Science magazine cover for Feb. 6, 2009.

Science magazine cover for Feb. 6, 2009

Credit: Science magazine


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