Mean atmospheric O2
Geologic Time Scale
Asia with sea level +100m
This is how Asia may appear with mean sea level about 100 meters (330 feet) above today's. Such a dramatic rise in sea level could occur if all of the Earth's glaciers were to melt.
In this image the Gulf of Thailand now cleaves that country in two while submerging nearly all of Cambodia. The Gulf of Tonkin has claimed much of North Viet Nam. Ocean waters have claimed much of South Korea and some of North Korea and Eastern China. To the south much of Malaysia and the Indonesian archipelago have been claimed by the higher waters.
A likely cause of a catastrophic melting of the Earth ice stores would be a change in climate, a sudden rise in the global temperature accelerated by a runaway greenhouse effect. While the amount of water held by the Earth's glaciers can be calculated with some accuracy, the exact mechanism that would set those glaciers to melting, and how long it would take for them to melt, is poorly understood. Some models suggest that several millennia of higher temperatures would be required to melt all the world's glaciers, while others predict much faster processes on the scale of centuries, or even decades.
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