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Coastal Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected


July 24, 2013

image of ice loss in Garwood Valley Scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost in a part of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic and could preview melting permafrost in other parts of a warming Antarctica. In Garwood Valley, scientists found melt rates accelerated consistently from 2001 to 2012, rising to about 10 times the historical average. Full Story

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