Melting glaciers in Canada’s Arctic stoking sea-level rise

 

Researcher heading for a time-lapse camera  monitoring ice calving from the Belcher Glacier on  Devon Island, Nunavut. Photo ~ Alex Gardner

Researcher heading for a time-lapse camera monitoring ice calving from the Belcher Glacier on Devon Island, Nunavut.
Photo ~ Alex Gardner

May 16, 2013 _ The Laurentide ice sheet once entombed Canada in two kilometres of ice, but all that is left is a blob of ice on Baffin Island now shrinking at a remarkable rate.

A new study says glaciers around the world are contributing almost as much to the rise of the world’s oceans as the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets combined.

“And the largest contributor of all the regions is the Canadian Arctic,” says US glaciologist Alex Gardner, at Clark University, lead author the international study to be published Friday in the journal Science. Continue reading →