Drastic Acceleration of Arctic Ice Cap Collapse–“We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This”

Many scientists have assumed that polar ice caps that sit above sea level will only respond slowly to a warming climate–but the authors of this study urge that this assumption be questioned. The rapid collapse of the Vavilov Ice Cap has significant ramifications for glaciers in other polar regions, especially those fringing Antarctica and Greenland. “We’ve never seen anything like this before, this study has raised as many questions as it has answered.” said Willis. “And we’re now working on modeling the whole situation to get a better handle of the physics involved.”