Just around the corner from the Antarctic Peninsula, the Pine Island Glacier has been the focus of scientific attention for many years. Observations over the past few decades show that the glacier has lost elevation and that the ice shelf’s grounding line, where the glacier loses contact with the ground and begins to float, has retreated inland. Large numbers of deep crevasses are a sign that parts of the glacier are moving rapidly. In late 2000, a warren of deep crevasses along one edge of the glacier spawned a huge crack that propagated across the width of the glacier in less than a year, cleaving off a giant iceberg into the Amundsen Sea.This image of Pine Island Glacier from the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) shows the...
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