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January 8, 2014

Mertz Glacier Changes, Antarctica

The Mertz Glacier emerges from the mountains in East Antarctica in King George V land. The glacier is a true ice stream accelerating as it enters a pronounced trough. Berthier et al (2003) indicate an acceleration from to 100 m to 1000 meters/year as it enters the ice stream reach. The glacier then extends into the ocean with a floating tongue. This floating tongue advanced from 1956 to 2010 a …