|Mountain of Ice: If the Ice Melts|
This interactive resource portrays what might happen to world coastlines if entire sections of the Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt. Viewers can see how much land area might be flooded by a relatively modest 17-foot rise in sea level (represented by the collapse of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet), or a more severe 170-foot rise, represented by the collapse of the Eastern Antarctic Ice Sheet. By comparing present-day coastline positions with those from the peak glacial advance 20,000 years ago, it is possible to appreciate how much water is contained in glaciers, the importance of monitoring their condition, and the impact accelerated global warming could one day have on sea level. A background essay and list of discussion questions are also provided.
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Source: NOVA Online, "Mountain of Ice", William Haxby, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Copyright 2002-2006, WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-793
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Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation