A satellite lets scientists see Antarctica’s melting like never before

In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere’s summer season. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)

This high resolution still image depicts changes in Antarctic land ice thickness as measured by the ICESat (2003-09) and ICESat-2 (2018-) satellites. (NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Special to West Hawaii Today)

New data from space is providing the most precise picture yet of Antarctica’s ice, where it is accumulating most quickly and disappearing at the fastest rate, and how the changes could contribute to rising sea levels.