History, mass loss, structure, and dynamic behavior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

  title={History, mass loss, structure, and dynamic behavior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet},
  author={R. Bell and H. Seroussi},
  pages={1321 - 1325}
Antarctica contains most of Earth’s fresh water stored in two large ice sheets. The more stable East Antarctic Ice Sheet is larger and older, rests on higher topography, and hides entire mountain ranges and ancient lakes. The less stable West Antarctic Ice Sheet is smaller and younger and was formed on what was once a shallow sea. Recent observations made with several independent satellite measurements demonstrate that several regions of Antarctica are losing mass, flowing faster, and… Expand
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