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Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf is ripping apart, speeding up key Antarctic glacier thinning

Pine Island Glacier ends in an ice shelf that floats in the Amundsen Sea. Credit: Ian Joughin/University of Washington

From 2017 to 2020, large icebergs at the ice shelf's edge broke away

For decades, the ice shelf helping to hold back one of the fastest-moving glaciers in Antarctica, Pine Island Glacier, has gradually thinned. Analysis of satellite images reveals a more dramatic process in recent years. From 2017 to 2020, large icebergs at the ice shelf's edge broke off, and the glacier sped up.

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