Scientists are studying Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, also known as the Doomsday Glacier. They believe warm water seeping into its weak points is worsening melting due to rising temperatures.
Britney Schmidt, Cornell University scientist, was the lead researcher in one of the papers. She found that warmer water was entering crevasses and other openings called terraces. This caused sideways melt of at least 30 meters (98 feet), per year.
Schmidt was also involved in the research of the other paper. It showed that there were approximately five meters (16 feet) of melt per year near the glacier’s grounding line. This is less than the predictions made by the most rigorous thinning models. She said that melting is still a serious concern.
Paul Cutler, National Science Foundation program director for Antarctic Sciences, stated that the findings will be useful in developing climate change models. He stated that "these things can now be taken into the models that predict future behavior, which was precisely the purpose of this work."