Views of the News

Back to List

February 9, 2012 - Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier Before
Landsat 7
January 25, 2011
Pine Island Glacier After
Landsat 7
January 28, 2012
Pine Island Glacier Before
Pine Island Glacier After
January 25, 2011 January 28, 2012
Interactive graphic - hover over image for slide bar to appear
 

In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists discovered a massive crack across the ice shelf of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, measuring 19 miles long, 260 feet wide, and 195 feet deep. Eventually, a giant iceberg, covering over 300 square miles, will break off the glacier. Pine Island is one of the largest and fastest-moving glaciers in Antarctica, capturing scientists' attention because of the rate its ice is thinning. Aerial surveys, along with images from multiple satellites, help scientists monitor glaciers over time and better understand their impact on sea level. For more information, visit the Image of the Week section of the EROS Image Gallery.