Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Researchers operating special ship-mounted sonar gear found a series of 25-mile-wide channels in the seafloor that bring warm water to the base of the Thwaites and Pine Island Glaciers.Together, they revealed massive seafloor channels moving warm water to the base of the glacier.

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first mission in the watery depths around the face of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.“She’s a very temperamental lady,” Wåhlin said of the $3.6 million, unmanned submarine, while peering through her binoculars on an overcast March day.

The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier

But he wanted to know what was going on deep below Thwaites, where its ice met the earth.If the mysterious Thwaites Glacier were to “go bad,” it might change the course of civilization.During that 2008 expedition and another a year later, Anandakrishnan’s team performed the geologic equivalent of an ultrasound on Thwaites.

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

Antarctic glacier collapse could leave British coastal towns UNDERWATER

“It’s not an emergency this year, but I’m very pleased we’re doing it [the project] this decade because we can’t wait too long.”Sam Gyimah, Science Minister, said: “Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which cannot be tackled by one country alone.“The Thwaites Glacier already contributes to rising sea levels and understanding its likely collapse in the coming century is vitally important.”