Melting Glaciers in Polar Regions
After existing for a millennia, the northern section of the Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica collapsed between January and March of 2002, disintegrating at an alarming rate that stunned scientists. It is estimated that melting is occurring at 9% per 10 years, which will only get worse with rising temperatures. This isn't just occurring here though, as several colder climates, such as Greenland or Glacier National Park, is also losing their ice regions. The water melting starts out salt free, causing it to remain near the surface, which in turn, is slowing the northern advance of warmer water from the North Atlantic Current, a sort of ecological conveyor system. This leads to colder temperatures, higher sea levels, more storms, ecological destruction, amongst other detrimental effects on our planet.