The great ice-retreat: West Antarctica's coastline has lost an area of ice the size of BERLIN over the past 40 years

Mail Online | 6/2/2016 | Shivali Best For Mailonline
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Scientists have known for years that parts of the Antarctic coast line have been losing ice.

But the extent of this loss may be much greater than we ever imagined.

New research has revealed that parts of West Antarctica's coastline have lost about 386 square miles (1,000 square kilometres) of ice - an area equivalent to the city of Berlin - over the past 40 years.

A research team from the University of Edinburgh analysed hundreds of satellite photographs of the ice margin.

The images were captured in a combined effort by Nasa, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Their results showed that the region in West Antarctica has been losing ice for four decades.

Frazer Christie, who co-led the study, said: 'We knew that ice had been retreating from this region recently, but now, thanks to a wealth of freely available satellite data, we know this has been occurring pervasively along the coastline for almost half a century.'

The area the team focused on was the coastline of Antarctica's Bellinghausen Sea on the Western coast of the region....
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