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June 21, 2021

The Breakup

Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier is melting because of climate change, and a collapse of the glacier could raise sea levels significantly around the world. NSF’s U.S. Antarctic Program and the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council’s British Antarctic Survey have teamed up to send scientists to Antarctica by land, sea, and air to study every aspect of the glacier over the next three years.

Credit: National Science Foundation/Oregon State University

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