Good news: World’s biggest ice sheets likely more stable than previously believed – upsets previous estimates of melting and sea level

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Researchers show that high ancient shorelines do not necessarily reflect ice sheet collapse millions of years ago

World’s biggest ice sheets likely more stable than previously believedFrom the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research:

For decades, scientists have used ancient shorelines to predict the stability of today’s largest ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Markings of a high shoreline from three million years ago, for example – when Earth was going through a warm period – were thought to be evidence of a high sea level due to ice sheet collapse at that time. This assumption has led many scientists to think that if the world’s largest ice sheets collapsed in the past, then they may do just the same in our modern, progressively warming world.

However, a new groundbreaking study now challenges this thinking.

Using the east coast of the United States as their laboratory, a research team led by David Rowley, CIFAR Senior Fellow and professor at the…

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