Pine Island Glacier, one of the fastest-shrinking glaciers in Antarctica, broke off chunks of ice in an event known as “calving,” just days after the region hit it’s all-time highest temperature.
- Calving, the breaking of ice away from the edge of glaciers, has become a nearly annual occurrence for the Pine Island Glacier and the neighboring Thwaites Glacier near the Antarctic Peninsula
- The icebergs measure more than 130 square miles, double the size of Washington, D.C.
- When the ice melts, it is believed that the melt will not contribute to large amounts sea level rise since ice at the edge of the glacier was already floating
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