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A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf



This is a very large crack in the Antarctic ice shelf that is spreading at an alarming speed.  The crack in Larsen C, which is the name of the ice shelf, now reaches over 100 miles in length, and some parts of it are as wide as two miles. The tip of the rift is currently only about 20 miles from reaching the other end of the ice shelf. Once the crack reaches all the way across the ice shelf, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.

The NYT published a scary but fact driven insight to the creation of what will be a huge iceberg.  It includes a time lapsed video showing how the crack developed.  And while this crack is major, what could happen is one or two of the "anchor points" that stop the glaciers that are behind the crack from sliding into the sea.  If this happens there is a real concern for rising water levels around the world.

Very good article.

Posted On : 07-02-17

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