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Press Release 14-063

Airborne radar surveys and data-based models indicate West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse is underway

Discovery is latest outcome of NSF-funded International Polar Year Research

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A high-resolution map of the Thwaites Glacier's thinning ice shelf

A high-resolution map of the Thwaites Glacier's thinning ice shelf. The glacier now appears to be in the early stages of collapse, with full collapse potentially occurring within a few centuries.

Credit: David Shean / University of Washington


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