Antarctica: the frozen world of polar bears, penguins and Santa’s elves. Recently, NASA has discovered that Antarctica has actually been gaining ice against the popular belief that the polar ice caps have been melting forcing sea levels to rise. With satellite images, NASA has been measuring the heights of the ice shelves and found that while ice levels are diminishing in some areas, they have increased in others. In all, the net amount of ice has been an increase and does not contribute to rising sea levels.
Where these magical ice formations are thought to come from are the intense snow levels from the ice age that have finally compacted down to create levels of ice.
If this study is correct, and Antarctica is not contributing to this rise in sea level, that means scientists must be underestimating the impact from other sources of sea level rise.