• From PRI's The World

​​​​​​​How quickly will Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier melt, and what will that mean for global sea levels and coastal cities? Researchers are sailing toward Thwaites this month on the first leg of a five-year, international effort to try to answer that pressing question, and along the way they’re enlisting local seals as research assistants. Reporting by Carolyn Beeler of PRI's The World.
Scientists check out a seal on the shore of one of the tiny Schaefer Islands off West Antarctica’s Canisteo Peninsula.
Scientists check out a seal on the shore of one of the tiny Schaefer Islands off West Antarctica’s Canisteo Peninsula.