Obvious science from Antarctica: ice melts in warmer temperatures thanks for El Nino

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From the Ohio State University and the department of obvious science

Widespread snowmelt in West Antarctica during unusually warm summer
Strong El Nino played a major role in warming the air above the ice, researchers report

COLUMBUS, Ohio–An area of West Antarctica more than twice the size of California partially melted in 2016 when warm winds forced by an especially strong El Nino blew over the continent, an international group of researchers has determined.

In the June 15 issue of the journal Nature Communications, they report that the warm spell persisted for more than two weeks in January 2016. Satellite data revealed a mix of melted snow and ice over most of the Ross Ice Shelf–a thick platform of floating ice that channels about a third of the ice flowing from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the ocean.

While researchers have been gathering evidence for years that warm…

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