Study says ‘Zombie Ice’ in Greenland will Raise Water Levels


Emerson Dieruf, Author

Melting ice sheets in Greenland are expected to raise the global sea level by 10.6 inches because of something called ‘Zombie Ice’.

Zombie Ice is when an ice sheet is still attached to a thicker glacier but isn’t getting sufficient amounts of new ice or snow from a ‘parent glacier’.  This ice is doomed and is soon going to melt due to climate change and will overall raise global temperatures.  “It’s dead ice.  It’s just going to melt and disappear from the ice sheet.” Study co-author William Colgan, a glaciologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) states.

These dead ice sheets will continue melting no matter how much we try to reduce carbon emissions and cause irreversible damage to the Earth’s global water levels.

And 10.6 inches may not seem like a lot right now, but it’s suspected that by the end of this century to 2150 at the latest, approximately 120 tons of this dead ice will melt. When the ice melts into water, if all the water was concentrated only over the United States, it would cover the US in 37 feet (11 meters) deep water.  This issue will have huge economic, environmental, and societal impacts on the planet, and can cause high tides and severe storms.