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This satellite image from Feb. 13 shows extensive melting of the the ice cap on Eagle Island in Antarctica.


Joshua Stevens/Landsat data from the USGS/GEOS-5 data/NASA GSFC

Antarctica, home to the coldest place on Earth, experienced a worrying heat wave earlier in February, possibly even setting a record high temperature for the normally frigid continent. A NASA satellite has taken stock of what that heat meant to the local ice cap and glaciers.

NASA’s Earth Observatory released two images from the agency’s Landsat 8 satellite. They highlight dramatic changes in the ice and snow along the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula. 

A close-up look at Eagle Island on Feb. 4 s

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