Written by Naman Sonpar, a grade 7 student
Have you ever noticed that if you leave an ice cube out on the kitchen counter and come back to check on it in a while, you find a puddle? The same thing happens to ice in nature if the temperature gets warm enough, the ice melts.
When the Antarctic ice melts, climate experts state that sea levels can rise to 200 feet and more. Greenland’s melting ice sheet will add another 20 feet to sea level rise. So, all together, the melting of polar ice caps effects would include sea levels rising 220 feet or more across the world.
The melting fresh water from ice caps changes the ocean currents, not only by directly contributing to the global sea level rise, but also because it pushes down the heavier salt water. Pushing down of this heavier salt result in change of water current in the ocean. Freshwater is not as murky as saltwater so the floating ice cube dislodged less volume than played a part once it melted. When ice on land slides into the ocean, it displaces ocean water and results in sea level to rise. Sea levels rising indicates danger not only for people living in the coastal areas but also alarms the people worldwide.
In order to stop the ice caps from melting the global temperature needs to be reduced which means that greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide need to be reduced, because these gases trap the heat from the atmosphere and do not let the heat escape the atmosphere this process in known as Greenhouse Effect and results in Global Warming.
Written by Naman Sonpar.
Naman is a grade 7 student at Shriram Millennium School.He is very passionate about environment and dreams of being a public speaker as well as an environmentalist.