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NASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past eight years and conducted a set of 12-hour research flights over West Antarctica at the start of the melt season. Researchers have used the IceBridge data to observe that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be in a state of irreversible decline directly contributing to rising sea levels. NASA and University of California, Irvine (UCI) researchers have recently detected the speediest ongoing Western Antarctica glacial retreat rates ever observed.

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Ice close to the shoreline of West Antarctica from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 27 in flight over Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


A segment of ice close to the shore of West Antarctica is seen from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 31, in-flight over Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


A perspective of an enormous break in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice retire on Nov. 10. Ice racks are the skimming parts of ice streams and ice sheets, and they brace the grounded ice behind them; when ice racks fall, the ice behind quickens toward the sea, where it then adds to ocean level ascent. The IceBridge researchers measured the Larsen C crack to be around 70 miles in length, more than 300 feet wide and about 33% of a mile profound. It will deliver an icy mass generally the measure of the condition of Delaware. (Maria-Jose Vinas/NASA by means of AFP/Getty Images)


Ice skims close to the shoreline of West Antarctica. Researchers say Antarctica's enormous ice sheets are softening at a speedier rate than at any other time. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice close to the shoreline of West Antarctica saw from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 28. The breaks allude to how delicate the sheets truly are. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Lyn Lohberger of NASA takes a gander adrift ice drifting close to the shoreline of West Antarctica from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice, mountains and mists close to the bank of West Antarctica. Icebridge completed 24 flights over the Antarctic this year. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)



NASA's Operation IceBridge has been concentrate how polar ice has developed in the course of recent years. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


NASA flight group individuals work inside the cockpit of the NASA Operation IceBridge DC-8 look into plane on Oct. 27 flying from the shore of Chile, in-flight towards Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice chasms close to the shoreline of West Antarctica saw amid at NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 28, in-flight over Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


An icy mass (Lower R) skims among dashes of ocean ice close to the shore of West Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


The NASA Operation IceBridge plane flies over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on Oct. 31. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)



Geoscientist David Gallaher ventures out of the load hold in the wake of keeping an eye on an instrument inside a NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 27, flying close Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


A forbidden ice sheet skims close to the bank of West Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice skims in West Antarctica. Antarctic ocean ice volume is at the most reduced level for this season of year since recording started in 1979. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice skims close to the shore of West Antarctica as observed from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)



Geoscientist David Gallaher keeps an eye on a mission instrument inside the load hold of a NASA Operation IceBridge plane on Oct. 27, in-flight over Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)



Mountains distend from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on Oct. 28 in-flight over Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Ice skims close to a land mass close to the shoreline of West Antarctica. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


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