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272 gigatons of precipitation fell on Antarctica for 200 years. But it continues to melt

At the conference of the European Union of Earth Sciences, scientists shared the results of the study of Antarctica. At first it seems that the continent is fine: in the last 200 years the amount of precipitation increased by 10% and amounted to 272 gigatons. The bad news is that it still leads to the melting of ice.

Experts explain the effect by the fact that a rise in temperature on the Earth – the very global warming – leads to an increase in humidity. This, in turn, causes more frequent precipitation and slightly compensates for the melting of ice.

However, at the same time, precipitation increases the level of the world’s oceans. The fallen snow presses on the ice of Antarctica, and they are washed at a faster rate.

Scientists have noticed that in the end this again proves global warming. Earlier information from satellites showed: the ice sheets have been losing mass since at least 2002.

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