The rift of Pine Island Glacier's floating tongue is a cause of concern among glaciologists because it suggests that this part of the ice shelf is not stable and may collapse in the future. As explained in this EOS article 
Rifts usually form at the sides of an ice shelf where the ice is thin and subject to shearing that rips it apart. But this particular rift originated in the center of Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelf and propagated out to the margins.This implies that something weakened the center of the ice shelf. The most likely explanation is that a crevasse melted out at the bedrock level, driven by a warming ocean, according to the researchers."
Online survey: can we detect an expansion of the rift on the Sentinel-2 images only?
Sentinel-2 images of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf rift. Each subset shows the eastern portion of the rift on a different date. Which one shows the longest rift according to you? Click on the image to vote!
 Lipuma, L. (2017), West Antarctic ice shelf breaking up from the inside out, Eos, 98, doi:10.1029/2017EO064743. Published on 04 January 2017
Bonne année !
A fifth season starts for the "Time series" blog (2016 stats are provided at the end of the post) ! We wish to all our readers that 2017 :
- will be very happy, exciting, in a good shape, in a peaceful context,
- with a lot of blue skies and nice satellite images abbove your sites, Continue reading
Bonne année !
Une cinquième année commence pour le blog Séries Temporelles (les statistiques de 2016 sont fournies à la fin de l'article) ! Nous souhaitons à tous nos lecteurs une année 2017 :
- très heureuse, passionnante, et en grande forme, dans la paix et la tranquillité
- avec du beau temps et de belles images sur vos sites Continue reading