Image: Crack discovered in Pine Island Glacier

February 1, 2012
Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

(PhysOrg.com) -- In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Extending for 19 miles (30 kilometers), the crack was 260 feet (80 meters) wide and 195 feet (60 meters) deep.

Eventually, the crack will extend all the way across the glacier, and calve a giant iceberg that will cover about 350 square miles (900 square kilometers).

This image from the and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NAS's Terra spacecraft was acquired Nov. 13, 2011, and covers an area of 27 by 32 miles (44 by 52 kilometers), and is located near 74.9 degrees south latitude, 101.1 degrees west longitude.

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Xbw
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 01, 2012
3 words. Giant Duct Tape. SOLVED.
Jeddy_Mctedder
1 / 5 (3) Feb 01, 2012
giant crow bar and a row of nukes
Scrat
5 / 5 (3) Feb 01, 2012
It's just a simple matter of finding the acorn that was hammered in somewhere along the crack and removing it.
Xbw
1 / 5 (3) Feb 01, 2012
It's just a simple matter of finding the acorn that was hammered in somewhere along the crack and removing it.


BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAA. Nice name and comment.
kivahut
not rated yet Feb 02, 2012
30 lbs of crack mailed to the UN, and now this!

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