Topic: Totten Glacier
Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA – Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, NASA and other research organizations have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica’s largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.
The discovery likely explains the glacier’s extreme thinning and raises concern about its impact on sea level rise.
This is the East Antarctic coastline. Icebergs are highlighted by the sunlight, and the open ocean appears black. (NASA)
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