How the Continents Would Look Like if All the Ice Melted
In 2015, NASA informed that the level of Earth’s oceans was growing faster than was expected. In the coming decades, the sea-level would be higher for at least one and a half meters.
This rise would lead to catastrophic consequences; millions of people would lose their homes. All the ice on land would melt and drain into the sea.
There are more than 5 million cubic miles of ice on Earth. In normal conditions, it would take more than 5,000 years to melt. But the more carbon we add to the atmosphere, the faster the ice melts.
As a result, the average temperature would reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
National Geographic created a series of maps, where they showed, how the world would look like in case of ice melting.
London, Venice, the Netherlands and Denmark would be under the sea level, in other words, all these places would be just a memory. The Black and Caspian Seas would significantly expand.
A big part of China, whole Bangladesh and much of coastal India would be flooded. Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains would become an island.
The entire coast would vanish – the Atlantic coast with New York, the western one with California and the southern coast with New Orleans and Houston.
San Francisco would become an archipelago. The Gulf of California would stretch north beyond the latitude of San Diego, which would be flooded.
The Amazon Basin in the north and the Paraguay River Basin in the south of the continent would become parts of the Atlantic Sea. Buenos Aires, coastal Uruguay and Paraguay would vanish.
Africa would hold most of its lands, but the increased average temperature would make the continent unfit for life. A significant part of historical Egypt would be floated by the Mediterranean Sea.
Inland sea would appear on the continent, but much of the coast would vanish.
East Antarctica contains four-fifths of all the ice on Earth. This region has survived a lot, but it is unlikely that East Antarctica would outlast a return to an Eocene Climate.
West Antarctica always remains smaller during warm periods. Its ice sheet would melt much faster than the eastern one because the warming waters of the ocean would heat it from below. Since 1992, it has lost 65 million metric tons of ice per year.
And what do you think about all this? Does this situation scare you?