NASA satellites reveal world's thickest glacier melts 80 YEARS prematurely due to record high temperatures
- Satellite images reveal world's thickest glacier, Taku losing weight due to record highs
- Expert estimates that will continue to grow until the next century, but expansion stops completely in 2018.
- The Taku Glacier was the only one of the 250 largest in the world that was not affected by climate change
The world's thickest glacier has succumbed to the effects of climate change
A set of images released by NASA's Earth Observatory shows that the Taku Glacier in Alaska is being restored for the first time in more than 70 years.
Researchers predict that the Alpine glacier will be a one-day retreat, but the mass reduction is 80 years ahead of schedule.
Dr. Mauri Pelto, a professor of environmental science at Nichols College and director of the Northern Cascades Glacier Climate Project, has been studying Taku for 30 years and believes it will continue to expand throughout the century as it gained mass 1 feet annually from 1946 to 1988.
However, the thickening slowed down in 1989 and enlargement ended completely from 2013 to 2018.
Last year began to show visible signs of a retreat, which Pelto said is related to Alaska's record summer temperature.
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