NASA reveals Antartica gaining ice rather than melting away

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A recent NASA study reveals that the mass gains of Antarctic ice sheet are currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.The new data offers previously unrecorded gains in Antarctica which show that the increase in ice is greater than the loss in melting, scientists say.

Researchers also found that the thickening of ice in the eastern region of Antarctica has remained steady from 1992 to 2008 at 200 billion tons per year, while the losses in the western region as well as in the Antarctic Peninsula skyrocketed to 65 billion tons per year.This means that the Antarctic Ice Sheet is adding more ice than it is losing, indicating that we may still be a few decades from seeing Antarctica start to melt away, said Jay Zwally, the lead researcher on the project.Lack of melting ice from the Antarctic means the rise in water level must be coming from another source.

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