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Antarctic Ice Shelf Loss Comes From Underneath

Calving front of an ice shelf in West Antarctica. The traditional view on ice shelves, the floating extensions of seaward glaciers, has been that they mostly lose ice by shedding icebergs. A new study by NASA and university researchers has found that warm ocean waters melting the ice sheets from underneath account for 55 percent of all ice shelf mass loss in Antarctica. This image was taken during the 2012 Antarctic campaign of NASA's Operation IceBridge, a mission that provided data for the new ice shelf study.

 

Read more: www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earth20130613.html

 

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jefferson Beck

 

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Taken on October 27, 2012