US and UK join forces to understand how quickly a massive Antarctic glacier could collapse

The surface of the Thwaites Glacier, photographed from a 2017 reconnaissance flight. The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. As part of a new $25 million research collaboration, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced today that teams of scientists at U.S. institutions will deploy to Antarctica to gather the data needed to understand whether the glacier could begin to collapse in the next few decades or centuries from now.
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