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Antarctica ice melting more rapidly than anticipated, new study suggests

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Antarctica ice melting more rapidly than anticipated, new study suggests

The glaciers in Antarctic have been experiencing rapid melting over the last 4 decades, all thanks to the influx of the warm water in the ocean. This startling new discovery by the researchers means that the sea levels will rise at a rate, rapid than predicted earlier.

As stated by reports, the Antarctic has lost more than 40 Billion Tons in melting ice adding to the water level of the ocean every year starting from 1979 to the year 1989. This particular figure increased to a whopping 252 Billion Tons of ice lost every year which started from 2009. This study was published on Monday at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This suggests that Antarctic is losing ice at a rate 6 times more than what the region experienced about 4 decades ago. As estimated by scientists, 360 Billion Tons melted ice can produce 1 millimeter rise in global sea-level.

The Earth-systems researcher for University of California and NASA, Eric Rignot stated that he doesn’t want to alarm anyone but the weaknesses discovered by researchers towards East Antarctic requires deeper study. This big sheet of ice located in the Antarctic can lead to disastrous circumstances for coastal areas and overall climatic conditions.

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Formation of dark Vortex on Neptune captured for the very first time

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Formation of dark Vortex on Neptune captured for the very first time

In the previous years, the sixth dark vortex on planet Neptune was discovered by the astronomers. After several years, now scientists are able to dig further into these ephemeral features of the weather that is leading to the formation of a swirling storm.

Earlier this year, the scientists announced the formation of Dark vortex on Neptune and the surface of Uranus being invaded by a dramatic white cap. The Outer Planet Atmosphere Legacy made the discovery of these astounding phenomena on the ice giants possible. The researchers have started to dig further to know about the origin of these dark spots that are formed on the planet. They are also trying to figure out the frequency of their appearance and the longevity of their presence on the surface of the planet.

The Hubble data collection detected the formation of this Dark vortex on the planet during the autumn of 2018. After the Voyager 2 flyby storm that took place on the planet in the year 1989, this is going to be the largest storm invading Neptune. This is the sixth dark spot appearing on the planet out of which two were discovered by NASA and the remaining four by Hubble.

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Ice melting in Antarctica is resulting in rapid growth of the sea level

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With each passing year, the ice cap and glaciers are melting and flowing off into the water of the ocean resulting in rapid growth in the sea level.

Oliver Kruess pilot of a cruise ship in the regions of Antarctica says that the tourism to Antarctica is more attracted to see the ice-filled glaciers and the amusing shapes of the icebergs and less piqued to see the seals, penguins or the whales.

Although the ice that is melting from the ice-caps is being restored through snowfall, the ice that melts from the surface cannot be ceased in any manner. The increase of water level in the oceans and the seas are the outcome of continuous melting of the ice from the surface of the glaciers.

The rise in the sea level is sending threatening signs to the low-lying areas in the coastal territories. Now NASA is planning to launch a new satellite to monitor the changing of the glacier heights of Antarctica instead of those antique ice measuring flights. Still, the chances of introduction of this updated technology to monitor the climatic changes remains a question as the United States is ruled a skeptic who believes the changes taking place in the surrounding climate is a total absurdity.

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Unique Solar Storm Promises to Wipe Us All Out

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Unique Solar Storm Promises to Wipe Us All Out

A solar storm that took place around 2700 years ago didn’t cause much damage to the people living on Earth, then. But today, the scenario seems to have altered completely; the solar storm will have a heavy impact on the industrial and technological world. This will affect the communication and navigation methods to a large extent. Experts say that the solar storm that took place in 660BC was the strongest of all the astronomical activities that have ever occurred.

The solar storm that is about to come is not only going to affect the communication and navigation systems but also the commercial aircraft operations and space technologies will be damaged too. When scientists studied the 100,000 years old ice of Greenland, evidence of radioactive isotopes were discovered standing proofs for the solar storm that took place 2700 years ago.

The solar storms that took place in recent years at Quebec in Canada in the year 1989 and in 2003 in Malmo, Sweden affected the high-tech society severely. The solar storms constitute of particles with high influx energy that are unleashed from the surface of the heavenly bodies. These particles when coinciding with the geomagnetic field of the Earth a solar storm is experienced.

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