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East Antarctic retreat

The contribution of the East Antarctic ice sheet to the 120 m of sea-level rise since the Last Glacial Maximum is unclear. New terrestrial and marine data suggest the thinning of East Antarctic ice was responsible for only a metre of this rise.

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Figure 1: The Antarctic ice sheets.


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Denton, G. East Antarctic retreat. Nature Geosci 4, 135–136 (2011).

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