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Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?




This image shows the Totten Glacier ice shelf in East Antarctica (the wrinkled white area at top left) on Sept. 25, 2013. Two large sea ice openings are visible, as are as several smaller ones. The open-water areas are bright black.
This image shows the Totten Glacier ice shelf in East Antarctica (the wrinkled white area at top left) on Sept. 25, 2013. Two large sea ice openings are visible, as are as several smaller ones. The open-water areas are bright black.
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For years, climate scientists have watched with concern as an ice sheet in Western Antarctica has steadily decreased in mass. Recently more attention is being paid to the Eastern side of the continent at the bottom of the world.

A new study from scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena finds some glaciers there are also shrinking, and one in particular is melting much faster than others around it.

From the KPCC Science Desk, Sanden Totten has more.