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Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

It has become increasingly common to see cliff-sized chunks of glacial ice falling into the Southern Ocean, suggestive of a warming climate. But scientists don't know what's going on beneath Antarctica's ice sheets., so they are preparing to find out.
 

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Flow speeds at Smith  Pope  and Kohler Glaciers.
Flow speeds at Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers.
NASA
Bird’s eye view of the Amundsen sea embayment (ASE)  where major glaciers of the West Antarctic ic...
Bird’s eye view of the Amundsen sea embayment (ASE), where major glaciers of the West Antarctic ice sheet empty into the ocean. Pope, Smith, and Kohler glaciers were the focus of this study.
NASA