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Antarctic ice sheet


Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise?


See the Extreme Ice Changes Near the Antarctic Peninsula | Short Film Showcase


Arctic Sea Ice Maximum 2018


NASA | The Arctic and the Antarctic Respond in Opposite Ways


If Global Warming Is Real, Why Is Antarctic Ice Growing?

The Antarctic ice sheet is one of the two polar ice caps of the Earth. It covers about 98% of the Antarctic continent and is the largest single mass of ice on Earth. It covers an area of almost 14 million square kilometres and contains 26.5 million cubic kilometres of ice. Approximately 61 percent of all fresh water on the Earth is held in the Antarctic ice sheet, an amount equivalent to about 58 m of sea-level rise. In East Antarctica, the ice sheet rests on a major land mass, while in West Antarctica the bed can extend to more than 2,500 m below sea level.