The melting of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier has long been a cause of concern because of its high potential of speeding up the global sea level rise happening due to climate change. Researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg are now saying that fears related to Thwaites’s melting are worse than previously thought, owing to the supply of warm water flowing underneath at a rate underestimated in the past. Thwaites Glacier, it is 120 km wide at its broadest, fast-moving, and melting fast over the years. Thwaites’s melting already contributes 4% to global sea level rise each year. Thwaites Glacier is important for Antarctica as it slows the ice behind it from freely flowing into the ocean.
About Thwaites Glacier
Thwaites Glacier, sometimes referred to as the Doomsday Glacier, is an unusually broad and vast Antarctic glacier flowing into the Pine Island Bay, part of the Amundsen Sea, east of Mount Murphy, on the Walgreen Coast of Marie Byrd Land.