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Antarctic Research Features

The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, shed light on the complicated currents that could potentially be contributing to the loss of West Antarctic ice.

The scientists discovered that warm water was reaching the ice shelf because of eddies – swirling vortices of water with heat trapped in their centres.  These eddies, which can range in size from around one to ten kilometres, look like miniature, liquid versions of the storm systems in our atmosphere, according to lead author Andrew Thompson. But, just like the weather, they're the result of complicated processes and thus far, hard to predict.

For more details, see the item on the LA Times website, or read the original paper in Nature Geoscience.

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