The warmer, thus wetter, air provided the Antarctic with additional snowfall. This snowpack has been accumulating and compacting for thousands of years on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, causing a build up of ice . The West Antarctic ice loss trend is new, abrupt, and began after the Industrial Revolution. Jan 22, 2019 · We use updated drainage inventory, ice thickness, and ice velocity data to calculate the grounding line ice discharge of 176 basins draining the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1979 to 2017. We compare the results with a surface mass balance model to deduce the ice sheet mass balance. Oct 22, 2019 · While there is evidence that the ice cap in East Antarctica is growing, it has been widely claimed that it has been melting back in the West. However, a new study from earlier this year finds this is not the case, as Pat Michaels explains: The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, but I bet you didn ... Nov 15, 2013 · Published on Nov 15, 2013. Animals in the Antarctic Ice The Antarctic ice sheet is one of the two polar ice caps of the Earth. It covers about 98% of the Antarctic continent and is the largest ... The Antarctic ice sheet is one of the two polar ice caps of the Earth.It covers about 98% of the Antarctic continent and is the largest single mass of ice on Earth. It covers an area of almost 14 million square kilometres (5.4 million square miles) and contains 26.5 million cubic kilometres (6,400,000 cubic miles) of ice.