they are very sensitive to minute changes in temperature and yet they are vital to our lifestyle and civilisation.
Research by D. JANSEN, B. KULESSA, P.R. SAMMONDS, A. LUCKMAN, E.C. KING, N.F. GLASSER has uncovered a disturbing situation. http://www.igsoc.org:8080/journal/56/198/j10J001.pdf
These Antarctic ice sheets are vitally important to the rate of sea level rise because, although this ice is already in the water and will not in itself add to the rise, it is holding back the glaciers from the land-ice and past history shows that when this buttressing by the sea ice disappears the land ice speeds up its journey to the sea.
Everyone will be looking at Larsen C, especially as the Pine Island ice sheet is also melting rapid from below and is in terminal decline.
Who knows what else is happening in this hard to reach region?
This video helps explain some of the problems.