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Scientists Discover New Site of Potential Instability in West Antarctic Ice Sheet


May 10, 2012

radar image of bedrock elevation A team of scientists from the U.S. and UK have uncovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet near the Weddell Sea. The location, shape and texture of the mile-deep basin suggests that this region of the ice sheet is at a much greater risk of collapse than previously thought. Full Story

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