It’s the ice on the West Antarctic PENINSULA that’s melting.
Most articles make it sound as if all of Antarctica is melting. These reports are misleading, because it’s the ice on the West Antarctic Peninsula that’s melting.
Here’s a map of Antarctica. At 5,500,000 square miles (14.2 million sq km) this continent is almost twice the size of the contiguous forty-eight United States (about 3,500,000 square miles). In the winter Antarctica doubles in size due to the sea ice that forms around the coasts.
Do you see that small piece of land jutting into the ocean toward the top left corner of Antarctica? That’s the part of Antarctica where the ice is melting (on the edges). That’s the West Antarctic Peninsula.
The Antarctic continent is almost 50 times larger than the Antarctic Peninsula. Saying that all of Antarctica is melting is like looking at the climate of Oregon and implying that this applies to the entire United States.
As a matter of fact, overall, the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing.