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Into the Thaw: Decoding Thwaites Glacier

Antarctica Dispatch 4: Fieldwork begins, cue the seals

​​​​​​​How quickly will Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier melt, and what will that mean for global sea levels and coastal cities? Researchers are sailing toward Thwaites this month on the first leg of a five-year, international effort to try to answer that pressing question, and along the way they’re enlisting local seals as research assistants.