What Would Happen To The World If All The Ice Melted?
We all know by now that the melting ice glaciers have started to impose a big danger to the Earth and its inhabitants. The reason that the ice is constantly melting is because of the insane levels of warmth in the Earth’s atmosphere. The warmth is encouraged when the fossil fuels are burned by the humans to produce energy.
There are about 5 million cubic miles present on Earth and some scientists state that it will take a total of 5 thousand years for all of this ice to melt. However, if we keep adding them to the global warming as we are now we might just accelerate the melting point and the temperature of the world will shoot up to 80°F rather than 58, which is the current temperature. Here is a demonstration of how different parts of the world will look if all of its ice melted:
The water would engulf Florida, the Gulf coast, along with the Atlantic seaboard. The hills of San Francisco, in California, will become a collection of islands and the Central Valley will turn into a Giant Bay. San Diego would vanish and the Gulf of California would stretch past its (San Diego’s) latitude.
The Amazon Basin and the Paraguay Basin will become linked to the Atlantic, turning into its inlets. This, in turn, will wipe out Buenos Aires, the coastal Uruguay, and also the majority of Paraguay. However, the mountains, present in the Caribbean coast and Central America, are highly likely to survive.
Africa might not lose much of its land to the rising sea level, but the unbearable heat due to global warming will make the continent uninhabitable for its locals or foreigners. Alexandria and Cairo, in Egypt, will be completely covered by the Mediterranean Sea.
London and Venice will be claimed by the Adriatic Sea whereas Netherlands and Denmark would have been totally gone. The Black and Caspian Seas would have been swallowed by the Mediterranean’s approaching waters.
When ice melts and the water levels rise near China, its entire 600 million population would get wiped out by continuous flooding. The same is the case with the entirety of Bangladesh and coastal India. Much of Cambodia would because of Mekong Delta, leaving its mountains to become Islands.
Due to it being mostly a desert the continent might gain an inland sea however, it will lose a lot of its coastal narrow strip where at least 4 out of 5 Australians live.
East Antarctica: this section of the planet holds the most amount of ice. It is thought to be thickening instead of melting because of the presence of water vapor in its warm atmosphere which converts to snow. However, there is a chance that even East Antarctica will not be able to survive the intense level of global warming that approaches.
West Antarctica: this is a smaller ice sheet compared to that of East Antartica. It is vulnerable because the majority of it resides on a bedrock that is below the sea level. The warming ocean is now causing the ice sheet to melt nearing a collapse. It has lost up to 65 million tonnes of ice since 1992.