Huge chunk of Antarctic ice shelf set to break

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The Antarctic ice shelves are slowly breaking up. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jason Auch

A worryingly large rift in one of the Antarctic’s biggest ice shelves has been continuing to grow.

In a recent report, British scientists have warned that it is very possibile that the ice will break away completely before the end of the year, producing a massive iceberg the size of Delaware.

The news is of particular concern because the ice in question acts as a sort of cork, preventing some of Antarctica’s glaciers from flowing in to the ocean.

The crack has grown by over 17km during December alone and is now a total of 180km in length.

If the ice does break away then it could lead to a global sea level rise of up to 10 centimeters.

“When it calves, the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10 per cent of its area to leave the ice front at its most retreated position ever recorded; this event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula,” the researchers said in a statement.

“We have previously shown that the new configuration will be less stable than it was prior to the rift, and that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (14)

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