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Antarctica is gaining ice: NASA

Mon, Nov 02, 2015, 11:28 AM
Washington, Nov 2: An increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

Areas of the continent like the Antarctic peninsula have increased their mass loss in the last decades, says a new NASA study.

The research challenges the conclusion of other studies, including Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2013 report which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.

According to the analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tonnes of ice a year from 1992 to 2001.

The net gain slowed to 82 billion tonnes of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
Agency: IANS

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