Something Is Happening On Antarctica

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Buried Beneath The Ice

Almost three miles of ice buries most of , cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that may be headed for a meltdown. Even a 10 percent loss of ’s ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal cities unlike any seen before in human . What are the chances of a widespread melt? “Secrets Beneath the Ice” explores whether ’s climate past can offer clues to what may happen. NOVA follows a state-of-the-art expedition that is drilling three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor. The drill is recovering rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues about ’s past—clues that carry ominous implications for coastal cities around the globe.

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