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Measuring one of the world's largest glaciers

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Over two Antarctic summer seasons British Antarctic Survey (BAS) mounted an ambitious and challenging deep-field science campaign to one of the most remote places on Earth. -. For three months of each of the 2007 and 2008 austral summers three scientists and two field assistants camped in orange pyramid tents surviving on dried food and working in temperatures between –33 and +2°C. The nearest base was the BAS Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, some 800 miles away.

Map showing the location of Pine Island Glacier
Map showing the location of Pine Island Glacier

The quest for glaciologists Robert Bingham, Julian Scott and Andy Smith was to determine what’s causing one of the world’s biggest glaciers to speed up, and how Pine Island Glacier, on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, will contribute to sea level rise. This is their story.

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