Texas-sized Chunk of Antarctica Melts Off
Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf is the largest floating block of ice in the world, and unfortunately, it's melting from above and below.
For two weeks in January of 2016, unusually warm weather caused a 300,000 square mile patch of the Ross Ice Shelf to partially melt. The roughly Texas-sized area, blanketed in a slushy mixture of ice and water, represents one of the first times scientists have been able to catch such widespread Antarctic melting in action.
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