Right now Antarctica drops in the ocean hundreds of gigatons of ice

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Antarctica throws his guts into the ocean, say climatologists. And now it’s six times faster than it was four decades ago.

The southern continent lost an average of 252 gigatons of ice melting per year in the period from 2009 to 2017. Between 1979 and 1990, the losses amounted to a total of 40 gigatons per year. This means that lednikov melting in Antarctica accelerated in 6.3 times in just four decades, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The loss of ice in Antarctica is of great importance – this leads to a rise of water in the oceans around the planet, and devastating flooding of the coastlines of the land. Antarctica contains the largest reserves of frozen water, which has no outlet to the sea. Any loss of ice in Antarctica directly affects the total volume of water in the oceans and raises sea level.