We're Losing 159 Billion Tons Of Antarctic Ice Per Year

According to a new survey, the amount of Antarctic ice being lost has doubled in the last three years, to hit a total of 159 billion tons each year.

Image: Map of ice loss on the Pine Island Glacier, the glacier currently contributing the most to global sea level rises / Leeds University and UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling

The majority of that ice is, unsurprisingly, coming from West Antarctica, where researchers recently announced that the ice collapse could no longer be stopped. But, while that accounts for 134 billion tons of the ice a year, the Antarctic peninsula and East Antarctica also came in for their share of loses with 23 billion tons and 3 billion tons respectively.

The study was done using data from ESA satellites by a group led by Malcolm McMillan and Andrew Shepherd at Leeds University and the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling.

You can read their whole paper over in Geophysical Research Letters right here.