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Members of the Thwaites Offshore Research (THOR) project first spotted the uncharted island while completing an expedition aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer research vessel while passing through the Pine Island Bay.

It is a normal for icebergs to break off from the shelf of floating ice, but the calving rate at Pine Island has increased more than the glacier has been able to move inland ice forward into Pine Island Bay.

The Nathaniel B Palmer heads back to its @GlacierThwaites  work after helping the Nordic Prince fishing vessel get free of sea-ice. Map by @BigOceanData . Meanwhile, iceberg B49 and fellow PIGlets move swiftly out into Pine Island Bay after calving last weekend. @sinergise_dev .

From #IceBridge 's Friday flight, the last of its 2018 Antarctic campaign: Rifts between icebergs in Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica.

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In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage.

reminding me that at least i was smart enough to not have any kids! finding out how fast these glaciers of Pine Island Bay will collapse is one of the most important scientific questions in the world today #climatechange  #GlobalWarming  #sealevelrise 

Sometimes, science changes quickly. This is one of those times. The more glaciologists are learning about Pine Island Bay, the scarier the results—surprises seem to be going only in one direction. Here's the latest:

I'd just note that we do explicitly talk about hydrofracturing and the breakup of ice shelves around Pine Island Bay as a requirement for ice-cliff instability to kick in:

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In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage.

"In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage." Quite a lede,

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