Arctic doorstops: Why ice shelves are essential for reducing rising sea levels

Summer temperatures in Antarctica get warm enough to melt snow and ice on the surface of its great ice sheets. Image: Unsplash/ Joshua Earle

Jennifer Arthur

PhD student, Cryospheric Remote Sensing, Durham University


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Surface meltwater lakes are visible in satellite images on ice shelves around East Antarctica. Image: Jennifer Arthur.

A meltwater lake formed on Sørsdal glacier in East Antarctica. Image: Sue Cook, UTAS.

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