The world’s thickest ice sheet may be at greater risk from variations in the climate than previously believed.
Scientists found that glaciers on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) advance and retreat in synch with changes in temperature.
Since it contains enough water to raise global sea levels by over 50m, there is an urgent need to study the threat the researchers said.
Scientists have long been worried about the threat to sea levels from the prospect of melting in Greenland and in West Antarctica.
“We are seeing a very sensitive reaction which we’ve never really seen before”
Researchers are also concerned about West Antarctica, where scientists have recently concluded that warming waters are causing a loss of ice from the shelf.