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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2550 on: September 28, 2020, 12:08:51 PM »
I modified the image of my previous post (2547), containing only the lines related to the main calvings, and replacing the front line on 20/09 with today's front line  ;)

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Image update: I had forgotten to change the date in the image
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2551 on: September 28, 2020, 12:41:04 PM »
And we even have a high-resolution image of P2's calving  8)

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2552 on: September 28, 2020, 12:54:11 PM »
Here is the 6-day GIF of the calving.  High resolution, but low contrast.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2553 on: September 28, 2020, 03:26:04 PM »
A little analysis :
> Measurements: calved area 17km2, including 2.5km2 of ice mélages aggregated at P2 and that ,at the time of calving, detached from P2
> Ice Origin: Calved ice is part of the SIS ice aggregated at the upstream PIG.This ice, being part of the SSM, is thinner than the ice of the PIG and of the ice of T11.
This ice, being part of the SSM, is thinner than the ice of the PIG next door and the ice of T11
> Causes: the piles of icebergs between the SIS and the PIG that were pointing west/east and that contrasted with the advance of the PIG are probably the cause of the opening of the marginal rifts, and are therefore the main cause of the calving, but we must not forget the icebergs that were stuck downstream between the SIS and P2 and that pushed P2 northwards.  ;)

I, like everyone else, am looking forward to the first clear picture of Sentinel2 to discuss with you about what we can expect in the future.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2554 on: September 28, 2020, 04:22:13 PM »
With the large rift both widening and lengthening, P2 does appear to be calving soon.
I am mightily surprised LOL, normally I predict something on this thread and the reality is the complete opposite.

Given we are just heading into the SH summer, can we expect more (larger) calvings?

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2555 on: September 28, 2020, 04:26:35 PM »
paolo - In that 6 day GIF, did the crevasse on the portion of the PIG that was butted up against P2 open up a bit?

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2556 on: September 28, 2020, 04:55:35 PM »
SH,
I can't confirm your impression, indeed the two images in the animation, posted by Baking, don't have quite the same brightness and contrast (look at the darker structures in the image).
What I can confirm is that the two rifts: cR1 (the rift that was next to P2) and smR2 (the rift upstream of P2) are active rifts: in the month before this calving they have regularly widened and extended (with moderation)
As for the links you assume between season and calving, there have been none in the past and there are none now. But the season could be interesting: continuation of small calvings at the NSM and SSM and preparation for extended rifts across the PIG that may lead to larger calvings in the future. As I said above, I am waiting for the first clear Sentinel2 image to make a more accurate forecast.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2557 on: September 28, 2020, 06:05:06 PM »
Thanks paolo for all these updates. It seems to me that also parts of the damage zone have left together with the "P2 iceberg". I wonder whether a meta stable front in the damage zone can be established or whether further minor calvings further upstream are unavoidable in the next future.
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2558 on: September 28, 2020, 06:28:56 PM »
Stephan,
I mentioned in my post the small icebergs of the DZ (Damage Zone) that were aggregated with P2 (I mention them as Ice mélange) and I evaluated them at 2.5km2.
Other calving’s in the SdDZ (Southern downstream Damages Zone) are inevitable, maybe the current front will last some ten days, but no more. And further upstream the structure of the icebergs of the DZ is less packed and the successive calving’s could be faster...
I became very pessimistic  :'(

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2559 on: September 28, 2020, 07:25:18 PM »
I continue to be amazed by the expertise shown on a couple Antarctic glacier threads.  Quite impressive for an Arctic Sea Ice Forum!

Something I've learned these past few months:
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As for ... links ... between season and calving, there have been none in the past and there are none now.
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2560 on: September 28, 2020, 08:43:32 PM »
Clearly, I was speaking for the PIG, but for other ice platforms this link season/calving can clearly exist (action of melt water, see the classic example of the LarsenB; closer to the PIG, this may be the case in the future for the north side of the NIS).

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2561 on: September 28, 2020, 09:21:46 PM »
Yes, Paolo, that quote was intended for PIG dynamics, specifically (without implications for other glaciers' seasonal or lack of seasonal behaviors).
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2562 on: September 29, 2020, 11:23:00 AM »
Micro calving on the NSM side, small crisis of jealousy for his big brother.
The bay between the PIG and the Ice Rise Evan's Knoll is not only getting deeper, it's getting wider.
Animation based on low resolution images of yesterday and today.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2563 on: September 29, 2020, 08:37:24 PM »
I am deeply concerned - will there be a month, or at least a week, without further (micro-/mini-)calvings at all? How long will this be going on?
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2564 on: October 02, 2020, 01:42:47 PM »
Animation with the images of 26/09 and 02/10.

The iceberg A seems almost free and should calve soon.
Cork3c moves around a lot and its support is crumbling and, even if it is still linked to the SIS, it will soon be calving too.

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added PS : and behind we don't see great resistance to calving, emptying of the DZ to be expected
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2565 on: October 02, 2020, 02:34:11 PM »
And animation on the NSM side, still with the images of 26/09 and 02/10.
No news, calving on the PIG side having already been communicated on 29/09. We can still note that the Ice Rise Evan's Knoll side rifts seem to widen.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2566 on: October 07, 2020, 03:54:47 PM »
As expected the last piece of the Cork3 calved with other icebergs behind (indicated with a star).
Animation based on the images of 01/10 and 07/10.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2567 on: October 07, 2020, 11:26:05 PM »
I take advantage of the fact that the Sentinel2 image of 21/09, which partially covers SWT, was clear to present some considerations on the DZ of SWT:

In the good old days, the PIG forced the SWT to rotate 120° around an Ice Rise and its left part was pushed against this Ice Rise. Sometimes, after the PIG (and the SWT) calving’s, the pressure was temporarily lacking and it could open locally some gaps between the SWT and the Ice Rise, but these openings were without tomorrow and the SWT then approached again to the Ice Rise => no DZ

Now no more PIG, the right side of the SWT has retreated a lot and now its movement is towards the North and tends to straighten up later on by powering up the SIS. In conclusion the left part is completely free, its movement is no longer parallel to the Ice Rise and the SWT is moving away from the Ice Rise => Opening a DZ
And already the Ice Rise it takes advantage of it to expand...

Since the speed with which the SWT moves away from the Ice Rise is maximum upstream, the DZ has started to open upstream to then extend downstream and soon it will be open to the sea. In this case the emptying will be slowed down by the fact that there is an Ice Rumple under the final part of the SWT (for this reason here the icebergs, once calved, wait a long time before moving away definitively), but the complete separation between the SWT and the eastern part of the Ice Rise can be considered as definitive.  In the same way it seems to me that the loss of the pinning point provided by the Ice Rumple with a front, for the SWT, further upstream is inevitable.
I find that we are witnessing a complete dismantling of the PIIS and that it proceeds quickly, too quickly...

You will find three animations:
The first one, very large to give an idea of the whole, contains the images spread out between the 21/10/2016 and the 21/09/2020 an image approximately every 6 months.
The other two limited to the period between 02/03/2019 and 21/09/2020 present two zooms on the DZ: one for the upstream part and the other for the downstream part.

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Added: SWT image with notations
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2568 on: October 08, 2020, 05:42:53 PM »
A small iceberg has calved on the SWT side (in the animation is identified by an arrow relative to its movement after calving)
This is the opportunity, while waiting for a Sentinel2 image, to present and name the multitude of marginal rifts caused by the shear between the SWT and the SIS. Remarkable is the EmR3 rift which opened recently and expanded rapidly.

It is also interesting to notice that now the SWT flow opens in a fan shape, the right side having a NE direction and the left side a N direction.  This being the cause of the (recent) opening of a longitudinal rift.

Conclusion: we can expect, in the next few months, a crumbling of the right side of the SWT.

Finally it is also interesting to notice the transversal rift that opened in the left part  (see the last image of the previous post)..

The animation uses the images of yesterday and today.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2569 on: October 08, 2020, 07:12:44 PM »
Thank you paolo for the SWT update.

I also mentioned the "ZoD" and its growth, now better called "DZ", in the western part of the SWT, close to the ice rise, in a posting last melting season.
I share your opinion of a structural change of the SWT, due to the missing buttressing by PIIS-MIS. I guess that the greater instability is now in the eastern part of SWT, which should see further (minor) calvings soon. With further calvings the whole SWT will move faster, and more areas will come closer to the calving front. This front will move westward and may finally reach the DZ. Until then a complete decoupling of the ice masses of the ice rise and the SWT will be completed.

No good news at all...
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2570 on: October 10, 2020, 12:45:22 AM »
The Sentinel2 images were not very good, but they show more details than the Sentinel1 images.

SSM: one can notice the complete fracture in the ice mélange of the SdDZ, it is parallel to the movement of the PIG and therefore there will be no resistance neither to the emptying of the DZ nor to the movement of the PIG. Consequently the rifts cR1 and smR2 should not change too much at the moment.
It will be to be followed, further upstream :
> if the last PIG/SIS shear point, currently upstream of A, will hold and for how long.
> the evolution of the SIS piece, noted A in the image, and see if it will detach from the SIS and if it will cross over, creating a point of resistence,
> if marginal rifts will open in the PIG in front of and upstream of A.

NSM: here again, it will be necessary to follow the last PIG/NE-IS shear point upstream of nmR1 and, downstream, the evolution of rifts in the NE-IS in front of the Ice Rise Evan's Knoll.

SWT: Another iceberg seems to be completely detached from the SWT and shows the state of decay of this part.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2571 on: October 14, 2020, 01:15:28 PM »
An arcticle in Yale climate connections - https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/10/bleak-views-of-melting-antarctic-ice-from-above-and-below/ with links to visulas on PIG and Thwaites,

e.g. The ice front at Pine Island Glacier in a more or less stable position from 1973 to 2014, and then a startling retreat in 2015 through the present. Roughly 30% of the ice shelf disappeared over the past six years.



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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2572 on: October 15, 2020, 09:47:09 PM »
I had judged the Sentinel2 image of 12/10 unusable because of its poor quality (see the first image), but I was wrong, it can be used.

Here is a first example with the SIS and its marginal fractures generated by the SWT action (second image). It shows that the WmR4 ([SIS] west marginal rift N°4), which we had seen appearing recently in the Sentinel1 images, and whose beginning, on the SWT side, appeared in an unmistakable and indisputable way only in the last images, is now very extended (more than 10km).

It seems that the part of the SIS related to T11, whose front is no longer constrained by the PIG, and which suffers on the flanks from the actions of the SWT and the PIG, has become unstable and that we may see it crumbling in the near future.

I also added, for comparison, yesterday's Sentinel1 image of this part of the SIS (third image; I noted on this image the probable extension of this rift), as well as the Sentinel2 image of 16/03 (fourth image) to give an overall view of T11 (note the two ices rumples that delimit it to the east and west).

  Apart from the first image the others are large and you have to click on them to zoom in.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2573 on: October 15, 2020, 10:11:27 PM »
As second example of use of the Sentinel2 image of 12/10 I propose you the report on the current extension of the rifts cR1 and SmR2:
The first image gives an overview of these two rifts and I indicate the extension observed, see on this subject the two other images which are zooms on their terminal point. In the last few months they have extended and widened, but there is nothing catastrophic (at least for the moment).

On the other hand, I've been looking for other central rifts further north, but there don't seem to be any. However, the poor quality of the image doesn't allow me to make a decision, even if I'm beginning to think that the possible rifts seen in the Sentinel1 images don't exist (for the moment).

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2574 on: October 18, 2020, 11:00:34 PM »
I was looking for a good compromise to present the history (size and readability) and I think I found it. This is the result for the NSM. This is the history from 17/02 to 14/10, one front line every 12 days (NB the Sentinel1 images from 29/02 and 03/08 are missing)

If the result suits you it could become a regular post (every 12 days and with the SSM).

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2575 on: October 19, 2020, 12:21:21 PM »
As promised I am posting the history of the SSM in the new format. I will post the next update (NSSM and SSM) on 26/10 or the next day.

Fixed: My apologies, the order of the images was not good

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2576 on: October 19, 2020, 12:37:21 PM »
Thank you paolo.
A bit of feedback - make the satellite images at the end stay longer, and the last image much longer, so the viewer can understand the visual summary of what happened.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2577 on: October 19, 2020, 01:28:03 PM »
Thank you Oren,
Here is the new version (NSM and SSM) with the suggested improvements

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2578 on: October 19, 2020, 03:33:51 PM »
Thanks again paolo. Perfect.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2579 on: October 19, 2020, 07:18:01 PM »
Thank you paolo. Perfect.
In addition (I hope this isn't too much work) a short history of the evolution of the largest cracks within PIIS, SIS or SWT in the same manner would be great.
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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2580 on: October 26, 2020, 12:50:40 PM »
Minor calving at the Northern Shear Margin in today's 6-day high-resolution GIF.

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Re: Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Calving and Discussion
« Reply #2581 on: October 26, 2020, 05:37:02 PM »
Also a small piece of the NIS (lower left corner of the image) has calved.
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