Melting of One of the Largest Glaciers in the Antarctic Could Lead to a Geological Disaster
The Denman Glacier is located in western Antarctica. This area is most affected by global warming effects. That’s why this glacier is in a great danger.
Its structure could be destroyed in the coming decades because of its specifics. The foundation of the Denman Glacier is located at a 3.5 thousand meter depth and only a small part of it is on the land’s surface.
The glacier rests on crumbly ground as it lies at the bottom of a deep canyon. The bottom of the canyon consists of crumbly soil and has access to the open ocean.
Over the past decades the glacier has receded 5 km away and released almost 300 billion tons of melt water into the ocean.
The shape of the Denman Glacier is the main danger to the environment.
Almost all melted ice ending up in the ocean while the warm ocean waters lavishing the glacier.
This is a consequence of global warming. The ocean temperatures are rising causing melting of the glaciers.
The foundation of the Denman Glacier is located in a canyon and is constantly lavishing by warm waters. This can create a huge cavity in the heart of the glacier and together with the unstable ground floor cause a cataclysm.
If the melting of the ice continues all the melted water inside the Denman Glacier will burst out. This will lead to a rising of the World Ocean’s level in one and a half meters.
The canyon will serve as a direct outlet for melt water into the ocean expanses because it is now filled with glacier ice which is going to be melted in the nearest decades.
There is no way to stop the glacier’s melting. The process is going on and a lot of time will be needed to change the climate again in the right way.