29 Nov '16, 3pm

Scientists eye worrying 20-mile crack in the West Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists eye worrying 20-mile crack in the West Antarctic ice sheet

The 20-mile long crack can be found in the Pine Island Glacier, located in West Antarctica . In July 2015, it was responsible for a 225-square-mile iceberg breaking off into the Pine Island Bay; now scientists believe it is nowhere near finished with its destructive potential. The development of the crack is rather unusual, originating from warm ocean waters making their way to a central valley in the ice shelf and destabilizing the area from underneath. “The really troubling thing is that there are many of these valleys further up-glacier,” said Ian Howat, an associate professor at

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