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The ice sheet is so heavy, Bentley and his colleagues discovered, that much of the West Antarctic ice sheet sits on land thousands of meters below sea level, making it a marine ice sheet in places. Marine ice sheets, note Levy and Meyers, are especially sensitive to heat delivered by ocean currents. The Greenland ice sheet plays a crucial role on our planet and in the Arctic. The high albedo ( i. , the fraction of incident solar radiation reflected by a surface) of the ice sheet contributes to modulating the amount of solar energy absorbed by the Earth and controls atmospheric circulation because of its location and topography. The Antarctic ice sheet' s loss of mass, meanwhile, traps warmer water below the surface, eroding glaciers from underneath in a vicious circle of accelerated melting that contributes to sea level rise.
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The ice sheet originally disappeared approximately 125, 000 years ago, the study noted, and found that sea levels were more than 19 feet ( 6 meters) above present levels. An ice sheet is a chunk of glacier ice that covers the land surrounding it and is greater than 50, 000 kilometers ( 20, 000 miles) wide.