Antarctic May Have Stopped Shrinking

New JPL study finds ice sheet getting thicker, bringing end to 11,000 melting.

Published: 18-Jan-2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may be dropping huge chunks of iceberg that drift hundreds of miles while they slowly melt, but the West Antarctic Ice Sheet just may have stopped melting, scientists reported on Thursday.

Their study, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, is sure to provoke controversy and will have to be confirmed by other experts.

But the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology say their measurements show the ice sheet is getting thicker.

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