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美文来啦之《英国冰川曾在冰河时期缩减》
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  A set of maps created by the University of Sheffield have illustrated for the first time how our last British ice sheet shrunk during the Ice Age Led by Professor Chris Clark from the University's Department of Geography a team of experts developed the maps to understand what effect the current shrinking of ice sheets in parts of the Antarctic and Greenland will have on the speed of sea level rise

  The unique maps record the pattern and speed of shrinkage of the large ice sheet that covered the British Isles during the last Ice Age approximately 20000 years ago The sheet which subsumed(归入) most of Britain Ireland and the North Sea had an ice volume sufficient to raise global sea level by around 25 metres when it melted

  Using the maps researchers will be able to understand the mechanisms and rate of change of ice sheet retreat allowing them to make predictions for our polar regions whose ice sheets appear to be melting as a result of temperature increases in the air and oceans

  The maps are based on new information on glacial(冰的) landforms such as moraines and drumlins which were discovered using new technology such as remote sensing data that is able to image the land surface and seafloor at unprecedented resolutions Experts combined this new information with that from fieldwork some of it dating back to the nineteenth century to produce the final maps of retreat

  It is also possible to use the maps to reveal exactly when land became exposed from beneath the ice and was available for colonisation and use by plants animals and humans This provides the opportunity for viewers to pinpoint when their town/region emerged

  Professor Chris Clark from the University of Sheffield's Department of Geography said "It took us over 10 years to gather all the information in order to produce these maps and we are delighted with the results It is great to be able to visualise the ice sheet and notice that retreat speeds up and slows down and it is vital of course that we learn exactly why With such understanding we will be able to better predict ice losses in Greenland and Antarctica

  "In our next phase of work we hope to really tighten up on the timing and rates of retreat in more detail by dropping tethered(系绳的) corers(去心器) from a ship to extract seafloor sediments that can be radiocarbon dated"


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