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Pine Island Glacier in Retreat

Pine Island Glacier Quickly Drops Another Iceberg
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Pine Island Glacier Quickly Drops Another Iceberg

Calving that used to happen about every six years has become a near-annual event.

Published Nov 8, 2018

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Pine Island Iceberg Under the Midnight Sun
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Pine Island Iceberg Under the Midnight Sun

Shadows from the iceberg fragments allowed scientists to estimate its thickness.

Published Dec 26, 2017

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The Quick Demise of B-44
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The Quick Demise of B-44

In just a month, a large iceberg from Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier has disintegrated.

Published Oct 28, 2017

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Pine Island Glacier Births New ‘Berg
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Pine Island Glacier Births New ‘Berg

The 185-square-kilometer hunk of ice is afloat in the Amundsen Sea, off the coast of West Antarctica.

Published Oct 3, 2017

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Rift on Pine Island Glacier
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Rift on Pine Island Glacier

The floating part of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier released a new, 185-square-kilometer iceberg.

Published Sep 26, 2017

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Glacial “Aftershock” Spawns Antarctic Iceberg
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Glacial “Aftershock” Spawns Antarctic Iceberg

Pine Island Glacier has shed another block of ice into Antarctic waters.

Published Feb 15, 2017

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Iceberg B31 Heads West
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Iceberg B31 Heads West

A view of ice island B31 at the start of Antarctic summer shows the berg is headed west in the Amundsen Sea.

Published Nov 28, 2014

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B31 Iceberg in Darkness
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B31 Iceberg in Darkness

Thermal infrared imagery shows the ice island—which calved off of Pine Island Glacier—after winter darkness has set in.

Published May 15, 2014

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Drifting with Ice Island B31
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Drifting with Ice Island B31

Over the course of five months in Antarctic spring and summer, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites captured a series of images of ice island B31.

Published Apr 18, 2014

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Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier
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Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier

Landsat 8 captures a view of the ice separating from the ice shelf.

Published Nov 15, 2013

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Pine Island Iceberg Breaking Loose
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Pine Island Iceberg Breaking Loose

The rift in the glacier is now completely open, and a large iceberg is moving out into Pine Island Bay.

Published Nov 14, 2013

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New Ice Island at Pine Island Glacier
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New Ice Island at Pine Island Glacier

Thermal infrared imagery spots the cracks and a new ice island through the dark of the Antarctic winter night.

Published Jul 28, 2013

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PIG Calving Front Free of Sea Ice
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PIG Calving Front Free of Sea Ice

As spring clears out sea ice from Pine Island Bay, the birth of a massive new iceberg may be more likely.

Published Nov 24, 2012

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A Growing Rift in Antarctic Ice
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A Growing Rift in Antarctic Ice

Images from the German satellite TerraSar-X shows how a rift on Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier grew between October 2011 and September 2012.

Published Oct 19, 2012

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Flying Through a Crack in the Ice
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Flying Through a Crack in the Ice

Scientists merged photographs and laser altimetry data to create a virtual journey through the crack in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier.

Published Feb 29, 2012

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Polynyas and the Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica
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Polynyas and the Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

Three polynyas—circular areas free of sea ice—provide tantalizing clues as to why Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is melting at an astonishing 100 meters per year.

Published Nov 18, 2011

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Crack in the Pine Island Glacier
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Crack in the Pine Island Glacier

A large crack running across the Pine Island Glacier in this satellite image is the beginning of the birth of a new giant iceberg.

Published Nov 16, 2011

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Birth of an Iceberg
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Birth of an Iceberg

In a routine survey of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, NASA scientists discovered a large crack in the ice which will soon lead to the birth of a new giant iceberg.

Published Nov 3, 2011

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Channel Beneath Pine Island Glacier
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Channel Beneath Pine Island Glacier

Scientists have discovered a hidden feature beneath Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier--a deepwater channel that could funnel warm water to the glacier's underbelly and melt it from below.

Published Jan 19, 2011

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Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica
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Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

The Pine Island Glacier has been the focus of scientific attention for many years. Large numbers of deep crevasses are a sign that parts of the glacier are moving rapidly.

Published Jan 11, 2008

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High Resolution View of Pine Island Glacier
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High Resolution View of Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier has undergone a steady loss of elevation with retreat of the grounding line (the region where the ice sheet loses contact with the ground and begins to float as an ice shelf) in recent decades. Now, space imagery has revealed a wide new crack.

Published Nov 16, 2001

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