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Changes in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Since 1963 from Declassified Satellite Photography

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Science  30 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5351, pp. 689-692
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5351.689

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Abstract

Comparison of declassified satellite photography taken in 1963 with more recent satellite imagery reveals that large changes have occurred in the region where an active ice stream enters the Ross Ice Shelf. Ice stream B has widened by 4 kilometers, at a rate much faster than suggested by models, and has decreased in speed by 50 percent. The ice ridge between ice streams B and C has eroded 14 kilometers. These changes, along with changes in the crevassing around Crary Ice Rise, imply that this region's velocity field shifted during this century.

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