Pine Island cracked
November 14, 2012
This Envisat image shows the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica and reveals a crack in the glacier’s tongue about 25 km long. The image was acquired by Envisat’s radar on 6 April 2012, just two days before contact with the satellite was lost. Over its ten-year lifetime, Envisat’s radar imagery was constantly used to monitor ice in the Antarctic. Satellite radars are particularly useful over polar regions because they can see through clouds and darkness.
Topics: Environment, Envisat, Physical geography, Spaceflight, Glacier, Antarctica, European Space Agency