26 Aug '16, 7pm

Antarctica is about to lose a chunk of ice the size of Delaware

This story was originally published by Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A massive crack in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves has grown exponentially in recent months, and scientists worry a break-off could destabilize the entire structure. For two years, United Kingdom-based Project MIDAS has been monitoring a large rift in the Larsen C ice shelf , located on the northern end of the Antarctic peninsula. And if the project’s latest findings are any indication, Larsen C could be headed for a similar fate as nearby Larsen A and Larsen B , which collapsed and disintegrated in 1995 and 2002, respectively. Since March, the last time satellites were able to observe Larsen C, Project MIDAS said the crack has extended nearly 14 miles ― about three miles per month. “As this rift continues to extend, it will eventually cause a la...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/antarctica-is-about-to-lo...

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