Satellites record glacier thinning
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Satellites record glacier thinning

The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record that tracks the thinning of the region's huge glaciers.

Scientists have combined nearly a quarter of a century of observations in the Amundsen Sea region to show how its great glaciers are losing height by up to 7m per year.

The ice streams are known as Pine Island, Thwaites, Pope, Smith, and Kohler.

This animation illustrates the changes that have occurred on the glaciers.

  • 12 Dec 2016