West Antarctic is melting at Triple the rate it was a decade ago

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The study found they lost an average 83 gigatons per year (91.5 billion U.S. tons), or the equivalent of losing the water weight of Mount Everest (pictured) every two years

The findings of the 21-year study by Nasa and the University of California, Irvine claim to provide the most accurate estimates yet of just how fast glaciers are melting in the Amundsen Sea Embayment. 

Scientists found the rate by taking radar, laser and satellite measurements of the glaciers’ mass between 1992 and 2013.

They found they lost an average 83 gigatons per year (91.5 billion U.S. tons), or the equivalent of losing the water weight of Mount Everest every two years.

‘The mass loss of these glaciers is increasing at an amazing rate,’ said scientist Isabella Velicogna, jointly of the University of California, Irvine and Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

‘Previous studies had suggested that this region is starting to change very dramatically since the 1990s, and we wanted to see how all the different techniques compared,’ added lead author Tyler Utterley of UCI.

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