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The ice cliffs of Antarctica may not prove to be as harmful to the environment as you thought of them

You are probably thinking that the incident of melting ice cliffs in Antarctica may lead to the rise in the water level in the world which might just lead to the end of the world. 

The ice cliffs tend to be taller than 90 meters and according to the reports of the scientists, they would very soon collapse due to their own weight only. 

Reportedly, on the collapse of each of these huge ice cliffs, the water level of the sea would rise up to six feet. Previously, the MIT researchers confirmed so that this rise in the level of water may even lead to a flood in Boston, but now, the estimation is said to be overestimated. 

According to the report of Geophysical Research Letters, in order for a 90-meter ice cliff to collapse entirely, the ice shelves supporting the cliff would have to break apart extremely quickly, within a matter of hours and such a quick rate of ice-loss has hardly happened in the past. 

Further research has confirmed that even if an ice shelf were to melt away, the remaining ice-cliff wouldn’t suddenly crack and collapse under its own weight, but instead would slowly flow out.

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Donna Miller

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