WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A heatwave lasting nine days has caused snow melting from the northeastern portion of Antarctica, Eagle Island.
- This series of climate crisis events have continued from the highest recorded temperature of 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this month.
- Experts believe that if the temperature level progresses, millions living at coasts worldwide will be affected.
Earlier this month, a heatwave that lasted nine days have melted the northern edge of Antarctica. The latest photos acquired by NASA showed that almost a fourth part of the snow cover melted during that period, and it’s another indication that the climate crisis effect is manifesting.
The latest images captured by NASA showed a month-long comparison of Eagle Island, a cape on the northeastern part of the Antarctica icy continent during the heat-waves duration. After nine days, most portion of the land under the landmass’ ice cap was visible, and the photo also showed ponds of melted water appearing on its surface.
Previously, it was reported that Antarctica had just marked a record high of hottest temperature at 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit. NASA said that Los Angeles had a similar temperature that same period.
Data gathered by NASA’s Earth Observatory on the nine-day period indicate that up to 4 inches of snowfield has liquefied from Eagle Island. NASA estimates that this volume comprises around 20% of the island’s snow gained through the season.
A Geologist from Nichols College in Massachusetts, Mauri Pelto, said in NASA’s Earth Observatory, that the rate at which the snow melts only normally happens in Greenland and Alaska, and the event in Antarctica was a never before seen.
Pelto furtherly noted that, in Antarctica, that melt occurrence rarely happens, summer included. Antarctica is considered the coldest region on the planet, Pelto also said.
Dr. Pelto observed that because of reoccurring high temperatures, heatwave happened on the continent, which never took place until the 21st century. He also said that this type of weather instances grows progressively common as the world temperature upsurges.
NASA reported that it was only this month that the high pressure rated over Cape Horn in the peninsula of Chile gave way to the humid temperatures to accumulate and travel. Typically, the northernmost archipelago of Antarctica is shielded from this heat. Still, due to changes in the blow of the wind from the Southern Hemisphere, the high temperature was not prevented from affecting the northern edge of the continent.
The World Meteorological Organization reports that Antarctica’s ice cap was already melting in a rapid phase because of human-made gas pollution that traps heat. If the trend continues, the escalating sea levels could be disastrous for all who live in the coastlines all over the world.
The organization also said that the ice comprising Antarctica has enough water volume that can put worldwide sea levels up to 200 feet.