Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier is among the largest ice streams of Antarctica having around 180 trillion tonnes of ice. It is the fastest melting glacier in Antarctica, responsible for around 25 per cent of the ice loss in the region. It is contributing to one-sixth of a millimetre rise in sea level each year.

According to a newly released research, Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelves are melting so rapidly that it may collapse sooner than expected. This conclusion is based on analysis of satellite images from January 2015 to March 2020. If the glacier completely melts, it could cause global sea levels to rise by 1.6 feet.

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