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<p>The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA image. Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said.  REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters</p>

The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA image. Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said. ...more

The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA image. Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

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<p>Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline in East Antarctica January 1, 2010.   REUTERS/Pauline Askin</p>

Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline in East Antarctica January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline in East Antarctica January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

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<p>A whale fossil is seen near to an Antarctic station located in Admiralty Bay, King George Island on the Antarctic continent November 25, 2008. The whale fossil was constructed by French explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1979.    REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker</p>

A whale fossil is seen near to an Antarctic station located in Admiralty Bay, King George Island on the Antarctic continent November 25, 2008. The whale fossil was constructed by French explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1979. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker more

A whale fossil is seen near to an Antarctic station located in Admiralty Bay, King George Island on the Antarctic continent November 25, 2008. The whale fossil was constructed by French explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1979. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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<p>A 20 meter-high ice cliff forming the edge of the Wilkins Ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is seen from a plane January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

A 20 meter-high ice cliff forming the edge of the Wilkins Ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is seen from a plane January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

A 20 meter-high ice cliff forming the edge of the Wilkins Ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is seen from a plane January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p>An enormous iceberg breaks off the Knox Coast in the Australian Antarctic Territory, January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool</p>

An enormous iceberg breaks off the Knox Coast in the Australian Antarctic Territory, January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

An enormous iceberg breaks off the Knox Coast in the Australian Antarctic Territory, January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

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<p>The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier November 13, 2013. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Holli Riebeek/Handout via Reuters.</p>

The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier November 13, 2013. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Holli Riebeek/Handout via Reuters.

The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier November 13, 2013. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Holli Riebeek/Handout via Reuters.

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<p>Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool</p>

Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

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<p>Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica, in this December 12, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Pauline Askin/Files</p>

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica, in this December 12, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Pauline Askin/Files

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica, in this December 12, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Pauline Askin/Files

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<p>A telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is seen against the night sky with the Milky Way August 2008. REUTERS/Keith Vanderlinde/National Science Foundation/Handout</p>

A telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is seen against the night sky with the Milky Way August 2008. REUTERS/Keith Vanderlinde/National Science Foundation/Handout

A telescope at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is seen against the night sky with the Milky Way August 2008. REUTERS/Keith Vanderlinde/National Science Foundation/Handout

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<p>A humpback whale swims past the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 25, 2009.    REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

A humpback whale swims past the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

A humpback whale swims past the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p>A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p>The Trans Antarctic Mountains are clearly visible from the flight deck of a ski-equipped cargo plane flying from McMurdo Station to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, December 11, 2006.    REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko</p>

The Trans Antarctic Mountains are clearly visible from the flight deck of a ski-equipped cargo plane flying from McMurdo Station to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, December 11, 2006. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

The Trans Antarctic Mountains are clearly visible from the flight deck of a ski-equipped cargo plane flying from McMurdo Station to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, December 11, 2006. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

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<p>A NASA DC-8 flies across a crack, 18 miles (29 km) in length, forming across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf October 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/GSFC/Jefferson Beck/Handout</p>

A NASA DC-8 flies across a crack, 18 miles (29 km) in length, forming across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf October 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/GSFC/Jefferson Beck/Handout

A NASA DC-8 flies across a crack, 18 miles (29 km) in length, forming across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf October 26, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/GSFC/Jefferson Beck/Handout

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<p>Two Adelie penguins rest on the shores of Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica December 13, 2009.   REUTERS/Pauline Askin</p>

Two Adelie penguins rest on the shores of Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica December 13, 2009. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

Two Adelie penguins rest on the shores of Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica December 13, 2009. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

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<p>An iceberg sculpted by the sea is seen in a bay beside the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

An iceberg sculpted by the sea is seen in a bay beside the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

An iceberg sculpted by the sea is seen in a bay beside the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p>The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Peacock</p>

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Peacock

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Peacock

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<p>People watch pieces of ice floating in the Weddell Sea from the Argentine Base Marambio in the Antarctica Peninsula, March 8, 2008.   REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian</p>

People watch pieces of ice floating in the Weddell Sea from the Argentine Base Marambio in the Antarctica Peninsula, March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

People watch pieces of ice floating in the Weddell Sea from the Argentine Base Marambio in the Antarctica Peninsula, March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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<p>Weddell seals lie atop ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica  January 1, 2010.   REUTERS/Pauline Askin</p>

Weddell seals lie atop ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

Weddell seals lie atop ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

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<p>Ice blocks are seen floating in the Weddell Sea near the Antarctic Peninsula March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ANTARCTICA)</p>

Ice blocks are seen floating in the Weddell Sea near the Antarctic Peninsula March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ANTARCTICA)

Ice blocks are seen floating in the Weddell Sea near the Antarctic Peninsula March 8, 2008. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ANTARCTICA)

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<p>Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d&rsquo;Urville in East Antarctica January 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Pauline Askin</p>

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d’Urville in East Antarctica January 22, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d’Urville in East Antarctica January 22, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

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<p>Sofa-sized chunks of ice drop from the Barne Glacier in Cape Evans, Antarctica December 9, 2006. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko</p>

Sofa-sized chunks of ice drop from the Barne Glacier in Cape Evans, Antarctica December 9, 2006. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

Sofa-sized chunks of ice drop from the Barne Glacier in Cape Evans, Antarctica December 9, 2006. REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko

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<p>British scientist Alison Cook, of the British Antarctic Survey, sits on Merger peak after landing by plane on a snowy ridge in Antarctica January 18, 2009.   REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

British scientist Alison Cook, of the British Antarctic Survey, sits on Merger peak after landing by plane on a snowy ridge in Antarctica January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

British scientist Alison Cook, of the British Antarctic Survey, sits on Merger peak after landing by plane on a snowy ridge in Antarctica January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p> The B-15A iceberg breaks up off Antarctica's Cape Adare October 30, 2005, as seen from European Space Agency's (ESA) Envisat satellite. REUTERS/Handout</p>

The B-15A iceberg breaks up off Antarctica's Cape Adare October 30, 2005, as seen from European Space Agency's (ESA) Envisat satellite. REUTERS/Handout

The B-15A iceberg breaks up off Antarctica's Cape Adare October 30, 2005, as seen from European Space Agency's (ESA) Envisat satellite. REUTERS/Handout

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<p>The retreating Knox Coast iceshelf exposes the barren Windmill Islands of Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory on January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool</p>

The retreating Knox Coast iceshelf exposes the barren Windmill Islands of Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory on January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

The retreating Knox Coast iceshelf exposes the barren Windmill Islands of Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory on January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

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<p>Glaciers of Livingston Island are pictured in the Antarctica continent November 25, 2008.  REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker</p>

Glaciers of Livingston Island are pictured in the Antarctica continent November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Glaciers of Livingston Island are pictured in the Antarctica continent November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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<p>Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008.  REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool</p>

Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

Giant tabular icebergs surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory January 11, 2008. REUTERS/Torsten Blackwood/Pool

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<p>A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009.    REUTERS/Alister Doyle</p>

A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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<p>A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo.  REUTERS/NASA/Handout</p>

A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

A satellite view of Antarctica is seen in this undated NASA handout photo. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

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