FIGURE A Effect of “self-gravitation” of ice sheets on sea-level rise during ice-sheet melting. The gravitational attraction from the mass in an ice sheet causes sea level to be higher near the ice than the global average. Melting of ice raises the global average sea level, and reduces the gravitational attraction from the ice, which allows the sea level near the ice to fall while sea level far from the ice rises more than the global average.

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