Effect of sedimentation on ice-sheet grounding-line stability.

  title={Effect of sedimentation on ice-sheet grounding-line stability.},
  author={Richard Alley and Sridhar Anandakrishnan and Todd K Dupont and Byron R. Parizek and David G. Pollard},
  volume={315 5820},
Sedimentation filling space beneath ice shelves helps to stabilize ice sheets against grounding-line retreat in response to a rise in relative sea level of at least several meters. Recent Antarctic changes thus cannot be attributed to sea-level rise, strengthening earlier interpretations that warming has driven ice-sheet mass loss. Large sea-level rise, such as the approximately 100-meter rise at the end of the last ice age, may overwhelm the stabilizing feedback from sedimentation, but smaller… CONTINUE READING