Earth  ID: 11540

Unstoppable

Most glaciers in West Antarctica sit on a bed that is below sea level. The massive ice sheet’s exposure to ocean water makes it inherently unstable, a fact that scientists have warned about for decades. In recent years, scientists have observed the glaciers that flow into West Antarctica's Amundsen Sea are shedding ice at a faster rate. Now, new research shows there is nothing to stop these glaciers from being lost to the ocean—an event that will likely take centuries to unfold, but raise global sea level by four feet. Watch the video to learn more.

 

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Visualizers/Animators:
Cindy Starr (GST)
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)

Video Editor:
Henry Kline (NASA/JPL CalTech)

Narrator:
Eric J. Rignot (NASA/JPL CalTech)

Producers:
Carol Rasmussen (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Gay Y. Hill (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems)

Scientists:
Eric J. Rignot (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Jeremie Mouginot (University of California, Irvine)
Bernd Scheuchl (University of California, Irvine)
M. Morlighem (University of California, Irvine)
H. Seroussi (NASA/JPL CalTech)

Project Supporters:
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Leann Johnson (GST)
Eric Sokolowsky (GST)

Writer:
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Video courtesy of NASA/JPL

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