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Scientists Explore Doomsday Glacier

A team of 32 scientists are on a two-month mission to study Thwaites— a giant glacier in Antarctica that is the size of Florida. Thwaites is referred to as the “doomsday glacier” because of its impact on rising sea levels. If the entire glacier melts, seas could rise 2 feet over the next hundred years. The researchers are using two robot ships, called Ran and Boaty McBoatface, to measure ice thickness, water temperature, and overall structure. The mission is so important that the US and UK have contributed $50 million to the cause. Best of luck, Team Thwaites!

David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

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