Snow cannons can stabilize melting Antarctic ice shelves, physicists say

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West Antarctica is an ominous place. 

In this exceptionally remote region, ice is breaking off into the sea faster than it’s naturally replenished by snowfall. Massive icebergs — recently one five times the size of Manhattan — have broken off into the ocean more frequently since 2001. This is bad. As West Antartica’s ice shelves — the ends of great glaciers that float over the ocean — continue snapping off, eventually they’ll lose the critical point at which they’re grounded to the…

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