Melting Glaciers: Tracking Their Path

Melting Glaciers

Location: Antarctic Peninsula
Team: Frank Nitsche
Purpose: Glacier Research
Start Date: February 4, 2010
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The ice sheet that drains into West Antarctica's Amundsen Sea is about the size of Texas and two miles thick. Home to two of Antarctica's five biggest glaciers-Pine Island and Thwaites-this region holds enough ice to raise global sea level 1.2 meters. Understanding how the ice changed from the last ice age to today will help us predict future sea level rise. Join Lamont-Doherty marine geologist
Frank Nitsche on his voyage aboard the Swedish ice-breaking ship, the Oden.