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Earth's End Is Near And NASA Has Something To Prove This

The environmental issues like global warming and ice meltdown are not recent. It's been decades since scientists are warning people about the ill effects of climate change. Moreover, NASA has been keeping an eye on polar caps researching on the ice meltdown. Recently, NASA released an animated illustration which shows the change in Arctic sea ice over the years.

The illustration is startling.

Earth's End Is Near And NASA Has Something To Prove This

Earth's End Is Near And NASA Has Something To Prove This

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NASA recently released an animation that is quite shocking.

Arctic Sea Ice Meltdown

The animation shows a rapid decline in Arctic's Perennial ice. You might be wondering what Perennial ice is? Well, it is that portion of sea ice that survives the summer melt season.

Arctic sea ice in September 1984.

Arctic Sea Ice Meltdown

As the temperature shifts through seasons every year, the Arctic ice reaches it's maximum and minimum. The white portion visible in the picture is the perennial ice. It's the thickest ice that can last up to 4, or even 9 years or more without melting in warmer summer months.

Arctic sea ice in September 2016.

Arctic sea ice in September 2016.

The change is beyond shocking. There has been a drastic change in the old ice. The younger ice, on the other hand, has become the majority across the arctic. It hardly grows up to 2 meters during winters and is hence more likely to melt during the summers. 

Daily Ice extent for September 10, 2016.

Daily Ice extent for September 10, 2016.

The image shows the Arctic on September 10, 2016, when the sea ice extent was at 4.14 million square kilometers. The orange line shows 1981 to 2010 average extent for that day. According to NASA one of the global climate models predict that the Artic would be ice-free by mid-century.

The decline in Artic sea ice from 1984 to 2016.

Not only this illustration is an eye-opener but a wake-up call for all of us. The implications of ice meltdown are not difficult to imagine as most of them are clearly shown in the movie, 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

What if all of the world's ice melts?

What if all of the world's ice melts?

I am sure you haven't ever pondered over that. Well, now is the time. One study published in environmental research letters found that if the Arctic sea ice melts, England will probably get a little rainier and the northern jet stream will shift southwards bringing cold polar air making winters colder and Snowier in North America.

We are already losing wildlife.

We are already losing wildlife.

Ice melts at a rate of more than 33,2014 square miles per year, wildlife is losing critical habitat. Some of the animals are already changing their feeding and migration patterns.

We would lose all our fresh water.

We would lose all our fresh water.

The two main ice sheets are the Greenland and the Antartic Ice sheets, which lock up to 99 percent of the fresh water on Earth. A large ice shelf in the Antarctic that has existed for more than 12,000 years is on the brink of collapse. The meltdown is speeding up.

The worst case scenario.

The worst case scenario.

According to a study published in a journal, Climate Dynamics, if all the ice in the Greenland ice sheet melts, the global sea levels would rise by about 7.3 meters. If all of the Antarctica melts, sea levels would rise by 61 meters. The entire US would be underwater and Florida would vanish.

The melting ice signals towards a Global Warming trend.

The melting ice signals towards a Global Warming trend.

As the ice melts, the climate change gets worse. The ice acts as the giant reflector bouncing sunlight back into space. If the ice melts, more of the Sun's energy would be absorbed, heating up the Earth more, which in turn will melt more ice and the vicious cycle will continue.

Should this be considered as a last warning from Mother Nature?

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