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A strong increase in the number of global earthquakes is noted since 2010 that appears to have accelerated during the first quarter of 2014. However, there is no evidence that this increase represents a departure from temporally independent earthquake occurrence, as many of these earthquakes are local aftershocks of prior events.
Evidence Shows Geothermal Activity Linked to West Antarctic Ice Melt
In a nutshell, increased global tectonic activity equates to more faulting and crustal plate movement which leads to more geothermal heat and in many cases associated fluid release from faults, fractures, and volcanoes that are more active. Altered heat and fluid release equates to changes in the climate.
This effect has been largely hidden from scientific investigation because the primary heat release is in under-explored and under-monitored deep ocean regions that contain major geological features such as; Rift Systems (crustal plate pull-apart boundaries), Subduction Zones (crustal plate converging boundaries), Transverse Fault Systems (crustal plate side sliding boundaries), and High Heat Flow Volcanic Regions.
Why is there selective melting of certain ice sheets, such as the Ross Ice Sheet, that extends out from the continent onto the Ross Sea? They are melting / retreating at a significant rate. A rate that is especially anomalous when compared to the majority of other Antarctic glaciers, including those that extend out onto the ocean, but are advancing!
For nearly ten years it has been suggested that heat flow from a geological feature was the likely reason for this local ice sheet melting. Recent publications strongly support, if not prove, that this is in fact the case.
Research shows that heat release from the active West Antarctic Rift system is indeed happening today. Refer to the map below that illustrates the position of the Western Antarctic Rift / Transantarctic Mountains. This notion is also supported by the recent publications that show the Ross Ice sheet is melting from beneath, not from above. This is due to geologically induced geothermal heat circulating from the West Antarctic Rift System, which extends beneath the ice sheet.