In October, 2011, NASA's Operation IceBridge discovered a major rift in the Pine Island Glacier in western Antarctica. This crack, which extends at least 18 miles and is 50 meters deep, could produce an iceberg more than 800 square kilometers in size. IceBridge scientists returned soon after to make the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg calving in progress.
Discuss the importance of reliable and comparable data in measuring the effects of climate change on factors like glacier melting, and how this glacier loss is being accelerated as a result of global warming.
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WATCH >> IceBridge Discovers Massive Crack in Ice Shelf
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