23 Aug '16, 2pm

Spreading crack in Antarcticas ice shelf could cause massive collapse

Spreading crack in Antarcticas ice shelf could cause massive collapse

The Larsen C Ice Shelf is at risk of losing 10 to 12 percent of its mass, and soon. Scientists from Project MIDAS have been following the initial rupture since 2011 and say the crack has expanded 22 kilometers, or 14 miles, between March and August of this year. The entire Antarctic Peninsula has been warming rapidly over the years, leading to devastating consequences for wildlife and the destabilization of remaining shelves. When this particular iceberg breaks free, sea levels would not be affected, however, since the ice is already floating in the ocean.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/spreading-crack-in-antarcticas-ice-s...

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