Massive Hole Beneath Glacier

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, February 2, 2019

NASA has discovered a massive hole underneath a glacier in Antarctica.

The cavity is massive, spanning 40 km².

The cavity once contained 14 billion tons of ice.

Located in West Antarctica, the Thwaites Glacier could hold clues to how much sea levels will rise.

Thwaites Glacier is an unusually broad and fast Antarctic glacier flowing into Pine Island Bay, part of the Amundsen Sea, east of Mount Murphy, on the Walgreen Coast of Marie Byrd Land.

A University of Washington study, using satellite measurements and computer models, determined that the Thwaites Glacier will gradually melt, leading to an irreversible collapse over the next 200 to 1000 years.



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