The Thwaites Glacier is melting. Here’s why the Philly region should care

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The front face of Thwaites Glacier rises an estimated 60 feet to 75 feet above water in the areas where it is most intact. Roughly 90% of an ice shelf typically sits below the water line. (Carolyn Beeler/The World)

The front face of Thwaites Glacier rises an estimated 60 feet to 75 feet above water in the areas where it is most intact. Roughly 90% of an ice shelf typically sits below the water line. (Carolyn Beeler/The World)

The massive Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is melting. Scientists are racing against time to figure out how it much could contribute to sea level rise and impact cites and coastlines thousands of miles away — including the Philadelphia region. The World’s Carolyn Beeler and StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Susan Phillips explain on this episode of The Why.

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