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Scientists measure ocean currents underneath ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Scientists measure ocean currents underneath ‘Doomsday Glacier’

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April 9 (UPI) -- For the first time, climate scientists have measured ocean conditions beneath Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, sometimes called the "Doomsday Glacier." The fresh observations, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, show Thwaites is exposed to larger amounts of warm water than previously estimated. Advertisement Thwaites is thought to be one of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet's most vulnerable glaciers, its location and structure making it especially susceptible to influxes of warm, salty water. In recent years, scientists have watched its grounding line recede and its height shrink as melting rates accelerate. To better understand the vulnerabilities of the glacier's underbelly, scientists sent a remote-controlled submersible named Ran beneath the ice shelf to inve...