Study shows climate change might change Earth’s shape

Study shows climate change might change Earth’s shape

According to a new study, climate change might change the shape of the planet as it will significantly impact the glaciers.

The researchers from the University of British Columbia said that they studied the impact of climate change on glaciers in Patagonia and in the Antarctic Peninsula and compared the two. They found that glaciers in warmer Patagonia were moving faster and even caused more erosion in the area compared to those in Antarctica.

Lead author Michele Koppes, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University, indicated that the melting of the glaciers due to higher temperatures is causing lubrication in the bed of glaciers.Koppes and her team said that as temperature moves above 0 degrees Celsius, the glaciers will start moving faster and this will cause more erosion and create deeper valleys and bring more sediment into the oceans of the world. This erosion might kick start a chain reaction that will include not only depositing sediment in the oceans but also on the continental shelves impacting fisheries, dams and access to clean freshwater.

"The polar continental margins in particular are hotspots of biodiversity.If you're pumping out that much more sediment into the water, you're changing the aquatic habitat,"saidKoppes.


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