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New study suggests surprising wrinkle in history of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

June 13, 2018

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A new study reveals a surprising twist to West Antarctic Ice Sheet history. New data and modeling suggest that between roughly 14,500 and 9,000 years ago, the ice sheet partially melted and shrunk to a size even smaller than today. The loss of the massive amount of ice then spurred uplift in the seafloor -- a process known as isostatic rebound. Then the ice sheet began to re-grow toward today's configuration. Full Story

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