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Professor Bassis comments on Antarctic glacier collapse in two recent articles

Posted: December 5, 2017

Professor Bassis comments on Antarctic glacier collapse in two recent articles Photo: OLI/Landsat 8/NASA
Climate & Space professor Jeremy Bassis was recently quoted in an article in Gristas well as a response piece in The Guardian, putting him in midst of the ongoing discussion about the role - and impact - of Antarctic glacier collapse on worldwide sea levels. 

The Grist article, Ice Apocalypse,​ uses two large rapidly melting Antarctic glaciers as a focal point to talk about the impact of sea level rise as a result of the glaciers collapse. 
 

From the article: 
 
"In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage.
Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 miles long, these glaciers, named Pine Island and Thwaites, have marched steadily for millennia toward the Amundsen Sea, part of the vast Southern Ocean. Further inland, the glaciers widen into a two-mile-thick reserve of ice covering an area the size of Texas.
There’s no doubt this ice will melt as the world warms. The vital question is when." 

The article inspired a quick response from The Guardian"How soon will the 'ice apocalypse' come?​"

From the article: 
"An emotive article on the ‘ice apocalypse’ by Eric Holthaus describes a terrifying vision of catastrophic sea level rise this century caused by climate change and the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. But how likely is this – and how soon could such a future be here?"