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X-ray images reveal how glaciers disappeared from British Isles in last Ice Age


X-ray images have revealed how glaciers disappeared around the British Isles at the end of the last Ice Age – and could provide clues about the impact of melting glaciers in future. A £3.7 million project surveyed coastal areas around Shetland and the north-west of Scotland, using high-resolution CT scans.

Scientists found the ice sheets spread across Scotland between 20,000 and 16,000 years ago before vanishing, with results showing “striking” similarities to what is now happening in parts of Antarctica. Dr Tom Bradwell, who led the sampling, said: “This is the first time that we’ve taken continuous high-quality sediment cores from beneath a former ice stream, in some of the deepest waters around the British Isles, some of which are still uncharted.

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