Flying through the Rift: An update on the crack in the P.I.G.

  • Released Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:18AM
  • ID: 10923

NASA's DC-8 flew over the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf on Oct. 14, 2011, as part of Operation IceBridge. A large, long-running crack was plainly visible across the ice shelf. The DC-8 took off on Oct. 26, 2011, to collect more data on the ice shelf and the crack. The area beyond the crack that could calve in the coming months covers about 310 square miles (800 sq. km).

The 3D flythough of the rift in the Pine Island Glacier on Oct. 26, 2011, created entirely through photogrammetric processing.of Digital Mapping System imagery taken from NASA's DC-8 aircraft during an Operation IceBridge field campaign.

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Landsat-7 (Collected with the ETM+ sensor)
DMS Photogrammetry (Collected with the Digital Mapping System sensor)
NASA Ames Airborne Sensor Facility (DMS), Fireball International Services Corp., Cirrus Digital Systems
Landsat-7 LIMA (A.K.A. Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica) (Collected with the ETM+ sensor)
Mosaic NASA/GSFC, British Antarctic Survey, USGS EROS Data Center

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