The Larsen C Iceberg Is on the Brink of Breaking Off
The saga of the Larsen C crack<http://www.climatecentral.org/news/larsen-c-crack-new-branch-21409> is about reach its stunning conclusion. Scientists have watched a rift grow along one of Antarctica’s ice shelves for years. Now it’s in the final days of cutting off a piece of ice that will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.
It’s the latest dreary news from the icy underbelly of the planet, which has seen warm air and water reshape the landscape in profound ways.
[http://assets.climatecentral.org/images/made/5_31_17_Brian_LarsenCMay31_720_569_s_c1_c_c.jpg] The current location of the rift on Larsen C, as of May 31 2017.
Credit: Project MIDAS
The crack has spread 17 miles over the past six days, marking the biggest leap since January. It’s also turned toward where the ice shelf ends and is within eight miles of making a clean break. There’s not much standing in its way either.