The Antarctic ice sheet is melting. And this is bad news for humanity

A penguin stands on a block of melting ice in East Antarctica.

Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice. Image: REUTERS/Pauline Askin

Marta Moreno Ibáñez
PhD candidate in Earth and atmospheric sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
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Antarctic sea ice concentration reached a record low on 13 February, 2023. Image: The Conversation/ National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder


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Schema showing the Marine Ice Sheet Instability (MSI) process. The blue arrows indicate the retreat of the grounding line, and the white arrows indicate the ice flux. Image: The Conversation.
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