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January 2016 News

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.
 

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Map of West Antarctica showing the number of melt days in January 2016 estimated from passive microw...
Map of West Antarctica showing the number of melt days in January 2016 estimated from passive microwave satellite observations overlaid on a MODIS mosaic image. The white crosses denote the locations of the automatic weather stations (AWSs).
Nicolas, J. P. et al.

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