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Shrinking glaciers under scrutiny

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Melting glaciers contribute to sea-level rise, but measuring their mass loss over time is difficult. An analysis of satellite data on Earth's changing gravity field does just that, and delivers some unexpected results.

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Figure 1: The Leschaux and Talèfre glaciers in the French Alps.

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Bamber, J. Shrinking glaciers under scrutiny. Nature 482, 482–483 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature10948

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