The southernmost continent, Antarctica, is facing unusually high temperatures. The heat is causing ice to melt. NASA’s satellite images show that 9 days of extreme temperatures in February have melted a considerable amount of ice on Antarctica’s Eagle Island.
By the end of the nine-day heatwave, one can see a dramatic decrease in ice cover as large portions of the ground are visible and melt ponds can be seen at the center of the island.
NASA scientists tracking climate change say the heatwave in Antarctica has been the highest contributor to the rise in sea levels this summer. Antarctica experienced its hottest day on record earlier this month, rising to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. What is shocking is that the city of Los Angeles in America measured the same temperature that day too.