West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Present-Day Thinning and Holocene Retreat of the Margins

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Science  21 Sep 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4412, pp. 1257-1258
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4412.1257


Retreat of the margins of the West Antarctic ice sheet associated with rising sea level during the last 15,000 years is the main cause for the thinning of the ice sheet by approximately 300 meters. The West Antarctic ice sheet during the late Wisconsin was at least 30 percent wider than it is today, and Holocene retreat of its margins has added about 6 meters to the world sea level.