To curb the climate change causing melting of glaciers in Antarctica, scientists have suggested disposing of 7,400 gigatons of artificial snow on Antarctica.
Scientists have suggested an incredibly innovative and costly method to tackle the melting of West Antarctica’s glacier sheets by dumping a ridiculous amount of snow in Antarctica.
- A new study, published in the journal Science Advances on July 17, has suggested a geoengineering project that would pump huge amounts of ocean water to the ice sheet.
- It will add 7,400 gigatons (7.4 trillion tons or 7400000000000000 kgs) of “artificial snowfall”, which will help in reversing the melting of Antarctica’s ice sheets.
- The study comes in wake after the threat of the huge ice glaciers in Antarctica are melting and eventually fall into the ocean, increasing the sea levels by approx. 10 feet or more.
- Recent studies have shown warmer ocean water is being pushed toward the colossal West Antarctica ice sheet, destabilizing it and speeding up the decline of its huge glaciers.
“The real concern is that many of these glaciers have a reverse bed slope, meaning that as they retreat it exposes deeper and thicker ice to the ocean,” explains Sue Cook a glaciologist at the University of Tasmania.
- The whole process will involve setting up a series of 12,000 wind turbines to pump water out of the ocean.
- The study is expected to improve the stability of Antarctica’s glaciers and reduce the sea level by 2 to 5 cm.
By: Ishant Chaudhary, Editorial desk, DKODING Media