“This is like seeing a map of all the oceans’ currents for the first time. It’s a game changer,” said Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the University of California, Irvine, lead author on the paper that presented the results.
In this image, created from satellite radar data, the fastest ice flows are represented by blues, purples and hot pinks. The slowest flows are represented by yellows and pale oranges. The more active region of the continent is West Antarctica, where many glaciers are accelerating. East Antarctica is larger, less explored and more stable.