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What happens at Byrd doesn't stay at Byrd: Temperatures at the station track closely with temperatures over a wide swath of West Antarctica, Bromwich says. That suggests the ice sheet may approach melting much closer to the coast, where the ice extends onto the ocean as floating ice shelves that can destabilize and break apart, as the Larsen B shelf did in 2002. Such collapses contribute to sea level rise.

"The Arctic is receiving a lot of attention right now, as it should," Bromwich says. "But what we are trying to emphasize here is that we need to pay attention to the other end of the Earth as well."

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
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