Antarctic Glacier Named in Honor of Incheon

      November 17, 2021 13:26

      This grab from Antarctic Place-names Committee's website shows the Incheon Glacier (in a red circle) in West Antarctica.

      An Antarctic glacier has been named in honor of the Korean port city of Incheon.

      The U.K. Antarctic Place-names Committee named one of nine previously unnamed glaciers along the Getz coast in West Antarctica "Incheon Glacier," the city said Tuesday.

      The committee named the glaciers after cities that have hosted major climate change conferences. Incheon hosted the 48th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conference in October 2018. The others are Bali, Berlin, Geneva, Glasgow, Kyoto, Paris, Rio and Stockholm.

      The move is aimed at raising awareness of the rapid melting of icecaps due to the global warming. According to a study by the Korea Polar Research Institute, the University of Leeds and Swansea University in February, 14 glaciers in West Antarctica, including the nine that have been newly named, are melting rapidly.

      The pace of melting is 23.8 percent faster than in 1994. The Incheon Glacier is the slowest, melting and moving toward the sea a mere 2.9 percent faster than 25 years ago.

      Satellite observation shows that a staggering 315 billion tons of ice vanished from the region from 1994 to 2018, enough to raise the sea level by some 0.9 mm.

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