NASA scientists discovered a direct collapse of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, all after a large gap of almost 300 meters deep and 40 square kilometers.
Scientists have been observing glacial behavior since 2010 with the Icebridge project, which aims to clarify the impact of global temperature and climate change on polar regions of the planet.
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The size of the crack is compared to the surface of the Manhattan island, which covers an area of 60 km². In addition, the glacier about 14 million tons of ice and its melting would create 4% of sea level rise.
To reach the center of the glacier, the radars were used to help measure the gap that formed under the large ice cluster.
As explained by the University of California's academic staff, Eric Rignot, who is also responsible for NASA's jet laboratories, "for years we have thought that Thwaites was not well attached to the rocks, and now, thanks to the new generation of satellites, we can finally see the details, " as reported by CNN Chile.
On the other hand, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) researcher Pietro Milillo talked about how "The role of the glacier is less important in the merger process."as well as clarified it "As the glacier penetrates more heat and water, it melts faster."