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The threefold jump in ice loss from the continent as a whole is a combination of increased melting of ice from West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, with a small signal from the ice sheet in East Antarctica. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it's only getting worse," 13 June 2018 Another study found Greenland’s entire ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in at least 400 years, and that the melt rate sped drastically in 1990. Umair Irfan, Vox, "7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day," 21 Apr. 2018 The rate of rise is expected to accelerate as the oceans warm, sea water expands, currents weaken and polar ice sheets melt. Fox News, "After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea," 13 Sep. 2018 In much blustery conditions than the beach-loving elephant seals, the crew found one seal alone on a floating ice sheet. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 This past Sunday, Twitter user @barbiereif in Mustang, Oklahoma, posted an amazing photo of an imprinted ice sheet slowly melting off a speed limit sign. Herrine Ro, Country Living, "This Picture of a Melting Speed Limit Sign Is Going Viral After Southwest Ice Storms," 30 Nov. 2015 It is covered by ice sheets that get channeled into the oceans through a network of ice streams and glaciers. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Scientists lay out how to save a melting Antarctica -- and the grim future if we don't," 13 June 2018 The resulting high-resolution data shows the shape of the ice sheet’s surface, some of its internal layering, and even the bedrock below. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Javier Zarracina/Vox The researchers came up with these numbers by using satellite measurements of ice sheet mass balance, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA called IMBIE. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like.," 12 Sep. 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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: a very large and thick area of ice that covers a region

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