Another link has been added to the predictions about climate change. In a recent study, experts have warned that if Arctic ice continues to melt, it will also affect that it threatens to cause a devastating tsunami in the UK and Greenland. The study said that due to the melting of the Arctic, the crust of the oceans near the UK and Greenland is rising by 2.5 cm every year. Due to this, the pressure of the melting ice will bring such changes in the area. It can lead to a tsunami.
An earthquake will come under the sea
Experts say that melting ice will only affect the sea level tectonic plates in the region enough to cause an earthquake on the sea level. The result of a devastating tsunami will doom Greenland and the UK. Arctic ice is melting very fast, and experts say that Greenland and surrounding European countries may have to face a vast tsunami.
Instability of tectonic plates
This warning has been given by Professor Bill Maguire of Earth Science at University College, London. In a report in The Science Times, Maguire explained that the disappearing ice sheets due to climate change could cause instability in the tectonic plates of the oceans. Because of this, there could be a massive earthquake around Greenland, which could also wipe out the United Kingdom.
A tsunami caused by tectonic plates
Professor Maguire believes that seismic waves will be the origin of a potentially devastating tsunami. Which will develop due to the activities of tectonic plates, which have been covered with tons of ice till now. Once this ice melts, tectonic plates buried for thousands of years will push the meltwater up.
Up to 2.5 cm is being raised in the crust
Greenland, a vast land of ice, could experience the most devastating tsunamis as the earth’s crust beneath it is rising. In this frightening revelation, Maguire also revealed that the snow loss in Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard was detected by sensitive GPS devices. Due to this, the ocean’s crust is rising up to 2.5 cm every year.
Loss of polar bear
Apart from this, the Science Times report states that in the last 20 years, 4 trillion tons of ice have melted in Greenland. At the same time, according to the report of CBS News, Norwegian scientists’ observations of the Svalbard Islands show that between the years 1995 to 2016, the genetic diversity of polar bears has lost 10 percent of the total population.
The polar bears are very much affected
Experts say that the melting of Arctic ice has affected the breeding, movement, and feeding patterns of polar bears. Due to this, they are becoming unable to carry out the activities necessary for their survival. Apart from this, snow loss has forced these bears to change their diet. Polar bears are now using birds and their eggs instead of eating seals because melting ice has made them unable to hunt seals.
This study was published in The Royal Society Publishing. This study has also revealed that polar bears have been forced to interbreed with genetically close mates to save the survival of their species. Experts have warned that at this rate, polar bears will be extinct by the end of this century.