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  • New aerial photos by Mario Tama of Getty Images who flew with NASA’s Operation IceBridge reveal the evolving landscape of Antarctica as the region begins to shift from the effects of climate change. The NASA operation is the largest survey of our planet’s polar ice ever conducted by air, giving a bird’s-eye view of the altering landscapes of the Antarctic ice sheets. Ice encroaches on Bransfield Island in this photo taken from the window of an Operation IceBridge craft on Oct. 27, 2016, during a flyover of Antarctica during the melt season.
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  • NASA is currently flying a set of 12-hour research flights over West Antarctica, surveying the start of the melt season, which usually takes place from October through November. The fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever observed in West Antarctica were reported last week by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and NASA in two new studies. The concerning levels of glacier retreat are expected to be discussed at the United Nations climate talks, which start on Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.
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  • A portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is visible from the window of a NASA aircraft, Oct. 28, 2016, as part of its IceBridge mission.
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  • A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet with mountains is viewed from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane, Oct. 28, 2016, mid-flight over Antarctica.
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  • Floating ice breaks apart near the coast of Western Antarctica in this photo taken from the window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on Oct. 27, 2016.
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  • Ice floats near the coast of West Antarctica seen from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane, Oct. 27, 2016, mid-flight over Antarctica.
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  • Ice floats near the coast of West Antarctica as seen from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane, Oct. 27, 2016, mid-flight over Antarctica.
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  • Ice breaks apart near the coast of Western Antarctica in this photo taken from the window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on Oct. 27, 2016, mid-flight over Antarctica.
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  • A section of ice near the coast of West Antarctica is viewed from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane, Oct. 31, 2016, in-flight over Antarctica.
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  • Sea ice near the coast of West Antarctica can be seen here during a flyover of Antarctica by NASA's Operation IceBridge on Oct. 27, 2016.
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  • The cockpit of a NASA Operation IceBridge DC-8 Research airplane is seen in this photo from Oct. 27, 2016, during a mission flying from the coast of Chile toward Antarctica to photograph the rapidly changing ice sheets.
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  • A crew member on NASA's Operation IceBridge DC-8 aircraft is photographed here on Oct. 27, 2016, as the team flies from Antarctica toward Chile.
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  • Ice floats near the coast of West Antarctica in this photo taken from the window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane on, Oct. 27, 2016, mid-flight over Antarctica.
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  • NASA's Operation IceBridge airplane surveys floating ice off the West Antarctica coast in this photo from Oct. 27, 2016. Researchers with the University of California, Irvine, and NASA announced last week they have observed the fastest ongoing rate of glacial retreat in West Antarctica.
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  • Ice floating off the coast of West Antarctica is seen here through an opening in the cargo hold of a NASA IceBridge airplane on Oct 27, 2016.
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