Joee Patterson is shown with her arms outstretched while wearing sunglasses and a red safety vest.

Into the Thaw: Decoding Thwaites Glacier

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Joee Patterson was one of four marine technicians on the Nathaniel B. Palmer research vessel during an expedition to Thwaites Glacier this past winter. The glacier is melting fast, and scientists fear that if it were to collapse entirely, it would trigger up to 11 feet of sea level rise.

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Joee Patterson navigates a Zodiac boat, ferrying scientists from a large research vessel to an island off the coast of West Antarctica.

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