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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

One of the predicted problems due to global warming is that ice in the polar ice caps will melt and raise sea levels everywhere in the world. Is that more of a worry for ice (a) at the North Pole, where most of the ice floats on water; (b) at the South Pole, where most of the ice sits on land; (c) both at the North and South Poles equally; or (d) at neither pole?

To determine
The place on earth to be worried where the melting of ice occurs.

Explanation
At first look at the option (a) that is the North Pole, where most of the ice floats on water. It is not to be worried because the ice caps displace own weight in water after melting.

The statement in option (b) has to be worried because, the ice sits on the land at the South Pole. The water that mixes in the sea after their melting causes the raise of sea level...

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