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Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Grew 11 Miles

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 9, 2017 1:02:54 PM

The crack, which has grown 50 miles since 2011, could raise sea levels by almost four inches.

Chris Mooney of the Washington Post reports on the instability of the ice shelf:

When it breaks away, the loss would be of nearly 2,000 square miles of ice, saythe researchers with Project MIDAS, a British government-funded collaboration based at Swansea and Aberystwyth universities in Wales. That’s larger than Rhode Island and almost as big as Delaware.

The consequences of the break could be dramatic.

“When it calves, the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10% 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,” said the researchers in a statement about the rift.

“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.”

Read the complete article on washingpost.com.


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