UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — More snow is falling in Antarctica today than it did two centuries ago and it may be slowing the rise of sea levels.
That’s according to a new study presented this week at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly.
An international team of researchers based their findings on 79 ice core samples collected from all over Antarctica.
Ice cores are cylinders of frozen snowfall that has compacted over the years.
The ice cores revealed a 10 percent increase in snowfall over the last 200 years.
From 2001 to 2010, Antarctica received around 272 billion metric tons more snowfall each year than it did annually from 1801 to 1810.
That extra yearly precipitation equals twice the volume of the water in the Dead Sea.
While the study shows the extra snowfall is adding more mass to the Antarctic ice sheet, the increase reportedly isn’t nearly enough to outweigh ice lost to glacial melt.