Glacial Melting

“Antartica, Two Glaciers Accelerate Toward the Sea”

Glacial Melting has been a sever issue over the past 10 years. In this article in the New York Times, it explains how two very large glaciers are at risk of melting and heading toward the sea. The Pine Island Glacier and the Thwaites Glacier are at a large risk of melting into the Amundsen Sea. Glaciers are essentially long rivers of ice. If melted, they have the potential to eventually raise the sea level of the world by over a foot and a half. If that happens, many cities that border the oceans would be under water. In the article, it records the glacial melting from 2014 to 2017 and the results were that the Pine Island Glacier released an iceberg larger than 100 square miles twice in that time period. The Thwaites Glacier is releasing more and more ice every year and the amount of ice that could flow into it and then out to the sea would increase the global sea level by more than two feet.

This article relates to the course because this is a math sustainability course. Which means it focuses on sustaining the environment and using math to figure out how to do that. The math in the article focused on temperatures in the world, inches of sea level increase and whether or not the glaciers passed the equilibrium from past glacial melting. In class, we’ve learned about how to graph points on a graph through an equilibrium and median points. The measurements of the glacial melting are plotted on a graph which makes to easier for me to understand since we learned about plotting graphs in Math 33.

The article also relates to class because we learn about sustainable ways to help save our environment. If these two specific Glaciers melt, our world sea level will rise, which mean cities will be under water and that is awful. Global warming and Earth temperature rising is partially responsible for this phenomenon and human beings need to be held responsible for that.


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