The cryosphere accomodates about 1.6% of the earth’s water, the bulk of which is stored in the world oceans (93.6%; groundwater is the third important water reservoir). Nevertheless, small changes in ice volume can have large effects on sea level. For instance, a 1% change in ice volume results in a sea-level rise or drop of some 70 cm. So although the large ice caps are located in remote areas of the world, their evolution leaves a clear mark upon the regions in which we live.
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- The West Antarctic Ice Sheet: The Need to Understand Its Dynamics
C. J. van der Veen
- Springer Netherlands