Flying Over Thin Ice • Flying Over Thin Ice

Thin ice is spotted from NASA’s DC-8 aircraft from an altitude of 1,500 feet during a successful flight over Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier under blue-sky conditions on Nov. 9, 2009. Image Credit: Jim Yungel/NASA

Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is a large ice stream, and the fastest melting glacier in Antarctica. And  responsible for about 25% of Antarctica’s ice loss. Therefore glacier ice streams flow west-northwest along the south side of the Hudson Mountains into Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. Also It was mapped by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from surveys and United States Navy. And air photos, 1960–66, and named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in association with Pine Island Bay.

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