Pine Island Glacier experiencing more frequent calving events • Earth.com

Last update: July 16th, 2019 at 2:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, which is known for releasing icebergs into the Amundsen Sea.

New reports suggest that the frequency of these calving events is on the rise.

Most recently, at the end of October 2018, the Sentinel-1 satellite observed the glacier shedding around 300 square-kilometers of ice. The largest chunk of the ice, named Iceberg B-46, accounted for 226 square kilometers.

This image of the remaining iceberg was captured on November 7, 2018 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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