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Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water


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Together, they revealed massive seafloor channels moving warm water to the base of the glacier.“They are important because Thwaites is vulnerable to changing quickly under climate change,” Hogan says. The researchers also used special equipment to detect gravitational changes in the glacier that revealed the density of the bedrock below the ice.The crew flew over both the glacier and the bay where Thwaites meets the ocean, according to David Porter, an associate scientist at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and an author on the second study, also published in the journal Cryosphere. “That’s one reason Thwaites has been changing,” he says.Scientists say Thwaites and the other glaciers are not likely to collapse in the next century; they are simply too big to fail right now. (A 2014 study published in the journal Science by University of Washington scientists used satellite data and numerical modeling to predict that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, including Thwaites, may collapse in 200 to 1,000 years.)Instead, Lhermitte’s model is an attempt to incorporate ice sheet damage into similar global climate models that predict both sea level rise and the future of Antarctica’s glaciers.

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