FIRE-EARTH Alert: Larsen C Calving in Antarctica
Posted by feww on January 7, 2017
Larsen C Ice shelf primed to shed 10% of its area –Researchers
Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed 10% of its area, or nearly 5,200 km² of ice.
- Only 20 km of ice now connects an iceberg half the size of Jamaica [“one quarter the size of Wales,”] to its parent ice shelf.
- Fundamentally changing the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula, the calving event will result in a new, less stable configuration for Larsen C, one that could “eventually follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event,” according to researchers at Project Midas.