The glaciers on the western edge of Antarctica have been melting at an accelerated rate since the mid-1990, the least stable of which is the Florida-sized Thwaites glacier. Getting a better idea of how fast and how much melting is happening on the glacier has become an international priority.
In April of 2018 research agencies from the unites states and the united kingdom announced a 5-year collaboration to the tune of roughly $50 million, all in an effort to get a better idea of how the Thwaites glacier is going to behave in the coming years.
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