The new ‘ice river’ found in Arctic glacier will add to the rising seas, scientists say

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Geologists have for the first time, the rapid ice loss on the Vavilov ice in the Arctic Circle.

According to a recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, Cornell University scientists have determined that a glacial increase in the grew wider and more spread out, and the spill of nearly 11 per cent of its mass, or about 9.5 trillion tons of ice cream — ever since January, 2013.

“This is the first documented case of an ice stream is formed. We really didn’t expect to like this,” said lead author Whyjay Zheng, a Cornell university doctoral student, in a statement.

The ice-stream, it seems to be a triangular fan with dark cracks and crevices adjacent to them.

“In the satellite images, it looks as if the whole of the left side of the ice, is to just dump it in the sea,” Zheng said. “No one has ever seen before.”


The Vavilov ice in the Arctic Circle, now with the rapid ice loss through the ice stream can be seen here. It has shed about 9.5 trillion tons of ice since 2013. (University of Cornell)
(Cornell University/Whyjay Zheng/By Matthew Pritchard)


The researchers say that’s the only place in the world where geologists had observed that the ice streams were in Greenland and Antarctica. The Vavilov ice cap is located on the northern border of Mexico.

“This glacier were, in principle, have nothing to do, and something that is very interesting and is developing into an ice-stream,” said Matthew Pritchard, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, and a fellow at Cornell university Atkinson Center for a sustainable development, in a statement.

While the ice stream is likely to be a consequence of the global warming of the earth, and scientists are still trying to get a better understanding of what has taken place because of the warming of the earth has not previously been reported, in order to get rid of the Vavilov ice cap is very, very hard.

“Now, as for the ice cream once it is lost, it is lost,” Zheng added. “Then, suddenly, we have to put more water in the oceans.”


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