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Satellite images show Pine Island Glacier spawning iceberg

As anticipated, Pine Island Glacier, known as PIG for short, in Antarctica has spawned a huge iceberg. At over 300 sq km, about the size of Malta, this huge berg very quickly broke into many ‘piglet’ pieces the largest of which is dubbed B-49.

ESA's CryoSat sheds new light on Antarctica's largest glacier

Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other glacier in Antarctica. Current models indicate that this will continue in the future but at conflicting rates.

A quarter of the glacier ice sheet in West Antarctic is unstable

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24 percent of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

Manhattan-sized iceberg shears off Antarctica glacier

An iceberg the size of Manhattan has sheared off the rapidly melting Pine Island glacier on the West coast of Antarctica, and from the looks of things, there will be more to come says NASA.

Decades of rising seas predicted as huge Antarctic glacier melts

Cambridge - Pine Island Glacier, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the biggest single contributor to rises in global sea levels, continues to melt at record rates. The melt could continue for decades, according to new research.

New York-sized iceberg forms in Pine Island glacier in Antarctica

A glacier the size of New York or Berlin has recently split off in the Antarctic continent creating a split 800-feet wide. The glacial split in Pine Island runs for almost 20 miles (32km), is 60m (200ft) deep and is growing every day.
 

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Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 24  2017.
Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 24, 2017.
NASA Earth Observatory
Calving event takes place on ice sheet of Pine Allen Glacier.
Calving event takes place on ice sheet of Pine Allen Glacier.
NASA
At the end of October 2018  the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite observed the glacier ...
At the end of October 2018, the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite observed the glacier letting go of a huge chunk of ice. The largest piece, named Iceberg B-46, spanned 226 square kilometers. It is visible here on November 7, 2018, as observed by Landsat 8.
NASA Earth Observatory
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica from the last time it underwent rapid retreat and thinning 8000 years ago
Florian Wobbe, British Antarctic Survey
NASA Earth Observatory map by Lauren Dauphin  using Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) d...
NASA Earth Observatory map by Lauren Dauphin, using Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) data from the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota.
NASA
Rift in Pine Island Glacier ice shelf  West Antarctica  photographed from the air during a NASA Oper...
Rift in Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, West Antarctica, photographed from the air during a NASA Operation IceBridge survey flight on November 4, 2016. This rift is the second to form in the center of the ice shelf in the past three years. The first resulted in an iceberg that broke off in 2015.
Nathan Kurth/NASA
Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 26  2017. The iceberg is at the upper right in the image....
Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 26, 2017. The iceberg is at the upper right in the image. Note the cracks, evidence of additional calving to come.
NASA Earth Observatory

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