Racing to understand Thwaites Glacier

May 13, 2019

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Layers of snow are shown along the edge of Thwaites Glacier

The front face of Thwaites Glacier rises an estimated 60 feet to 75 feet above water in the areas where it is most intact. Roughly 90% of an ice shelf typically sits below the water line.

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Carolyn Beeler/The World

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