It Became Known why Ice Melts Faster in Arctic than in Antarctica

22.05.2017

An international group of scientists found out why the atmosphere is warming over Antarctica more slowly than over the Arctic. It turns out that the whole thing is in the level of the surface of the continent in position to the sea.

It Became Known why Ice Melts Faster in Arctic than in Antarctica

The average height of Antarctica is quite high - 2,500 meters above the sea level. With the help of computer modeling climatologists have established: the lower the average height of the continent, the faster the climate reacts to the greenhouse effect. Accordingly, the temperatures increase rapidly, and the ice melts. That's why in the northern hemisphere, global warming is felt stronger than in the southern hemisphere.

Scientists emphasize that in the future the atmosphere over Antarctica will heat up faster because the continent is gradually disappearing under the water. However, the melting ice exacerbates the situation, because without it, the surface reflects less sunlight.