What Would Happen if the Polar Ice Caps Melted?
Breaks my heart to know that polar bears can drown before they can reach a solid piece of ice
Most of the world's ice is in Antarctica. The continent is covered by an ice shelf 2,133 meters (7,000 feet) thick. If the entire ice pack melted, the world's oceans would rise by 61 meters (200 feet). But since the average temperature in Antarctica is -37C (-35F), this is very unlikely to happen. More likely is that only a portion of the ice melts, increasing sea levels by a few feet or meters.
The results would still be catastrophic. A rise of a couple meters would flood the streets of many coastal cities, necessitating their evacuation. Low-lying countries such as many in Indonesia could be almost entirely submerged.
What will then happen to us ?
v Mumbais Nariman Point will be submerged.
v 40% of Himalayan glaciers would vanish. ...more