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GEOPHYSICAL MONOGRAPH SERIES, VOL. 7, PP. 172-175, 1962

The amount of ice on planet Earth

Edward C. Thiel

School of Mines and Metallurgy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.


Approximately 27,000 km of oversnow traverse involving seismic measurements have been made in Antarctica since the inception of IGY. Compilation of these data on maps and cross sections makes it possible to determine the amount of ice on Earth. The total volume of grounded ice is 26.7×106 km3 or 24.0×106 km3 of water equivalent. Of this amount, 89.4 pct is stored in Antarctica. If all of this ice were to melt suddenly without isostatic adjustment, sea level would rise 66.3 meters.

Citation: Thiel, E. C. (1962), The amount of ice on planet Earth, in Antarctic Research: The Matthew Fontaine Maury Memorial Symposium, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 7, edited by H. Wexler, M. J. Rubin, and J. E. Caskey Jr., pp. 172–175, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/GM007p0172.

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