What's actually happening?
Since 1992, Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice.
Now, what does 2.71 trillion tons look like?
Let's use Olympic-size swimming pools to explain what's happening:
An Olympic-size swimming pool is filled with 2,500 metric tons.
Every second, Antarctica is losing about triple this amount in ice.
Every 40 hours, Antarctica loses 1 gigaton (1 billion tons) of ice.
For the 25-year period between 1992 and 2017, Antarctica lost an average ice mass of 109 gigatons per year.
What does this mean for us?
Antarctica’s ice sits on top of a land mass. It is formed by precipitation over millions of years, and is upward of 3-miles thick.
Since it’s not in the water, Antarctica ice raises global sea levels when it melts.
A melting Antarctica has the potential to submerge coastlines around the world.
It's not too late.
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