Huge crack discovered in Antarctic glacier

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In this July 19, 2011 photo, attached by rope to a waiting helicopter, Arctic researcher Carl Gladish of New York University hammers a steel stake into ice, securing a newly-deployed GPS seismometer, or Geopebble, designed to track glacial movement near the edge of the Greenland ice sheet, atop Jakobshavn Glacier, outside Ilulissat, Greenland. The chief researcher, NYU's David Holland, hopes to eventually deploy scores of the devices to help measure ice loss in Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A major glacier in Antarctica is melting unusually quickly because ocean currents are undermining it from below, researchers find. Scientists are gathering meaningful and accurate data of how ice sheets and glaciers are changing over time, and what this means for our planet.

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