ice sheets

Melt streams on the Greenland Ice Sheet on July 19, 2015. Ice loss from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets as well as alpine glaciers has accelerated in recent decades. NASA Credit: Maria-José Viñas.

The Tectonic & Volcanic Events That Will Accompany The Melting Of The Ice Sheets —…

As the ice sheets of the world melt, an enormous amount of pressure will be lifted off of the continental crusts that play host to them, as well as the surrounding oceanic basins. Something similar is broadly true, but to a much lesser degree, of the world’s remaining large glaciers (think of the Himalayas).

European Ice Sheet Collapse At End Of Last Ice Age Led To Chaos

The collapse and melting of the Eurasian ice sheet at the end of the last ice age led to chaos all across the European continent. To put it bluntly, the collapse of the ice sheet led to dramatic and extreme flooding events, sea level rise, and, perhaps more interestingly, the formation of “mega-rivers” that swept some of the continent nearly clean at various points. These events of course led to serious changes to ecological systems and environments, and to the human habitability of the region.