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Global Warming in Antarctica

Antarctica global warming has become a burning issue of the present time. Global warming in Antarctica will pose a serious threat to the rise in water level. Hence, Antarctica global warming has become a great concern for the scientists and researchers. As most of this continent is covered by ice, the impact of global warming is more acutely felt here. With the increase in the number of automobiles, air pollution has been on the increase in the last 20 years. This is one of the major causes of global warming. Moreover, the chimneys of the factories all over the world emit various types of gases, which pollute the air to a great extent. If the air continues to get polluted at such a fast rate, it will definitely cause a rise in the general temperature throughout the world. This rise in temperature is resulting in the gradual melting of the vast thick ice-sheets in Antarctica.

Some facts and figures listed below will help to understand the serious consequence of the global warming in Antarctica. These are:
  • The Antarctic Peninsula is particularly sensitive to small rises in the annual average temperature.

  • Since 1974 seven gigantic ice shelves have got reduced in area by 13,500 square kilometers.

  • Due to severe global warming in Antarctica, the Larsen B ice shelf has lost 3,250 square kilometers into the ocean.

  • The global warming has also resulted in increased rainfall in some parts of Antarctica.

  • The global warming in Antarctica has also resulted in the death of various animals like the penguins.

  • The effect of global warming is more deeply felt on western part of the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • There is evidence from one study that Antarctica is warming as a result of human carbon dioxide emissions

  • Each year a large area of low ozone concentration or "ozone hole" grows over Antarctica. This hole covers almost the whole continent and was at its largest in September 2008, when the longest lasting hole on record remained until the end of December.

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