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Originally posted by ArMaP
One thing for which I never saw any study is how much the land would rise if the ice covering it is removed.
If Antarctica's ice melts we all know that all that ice converted in water will make the oceans rise, but removing the weight of the ice from the land will make the land itself rise, so my doubt is if that rise would make a smaller ocean bed, and how much that would affect the oceans' levels.
Can anyone enlightened me about this? Thanks.
However, the loss of ice shelves will have an impact on the ice sheet behind it. The ice shelf provides a barrier to the sheet that drives the shelf from the ocean. Without the shelf the ocean waves can impact on the ice sheet and may result in an acceleration in the flux of ice into the sea from the ice sheet. This would results in increases to sea level. It is interesting to note that some recent studies on ice sheets have noted that the west antarctic ice sheet may be unstable. If the sheet was to collapse the result to the sea level would be dramatic with an increase of upto 6m. This is of course just a hypothesis and is not proven.