A crack in an ice shelf in Antarctica grew by six miles in the past few weeks, British scientists say, and now measures more than 100 miles long.
Once the crack is complete, a giant iceberg larger than Rhode Island will break or “calve” off of Antarctica. The iceberg would be one of the biggest on record.
The break “will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula,” according to Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic research project that’s tracking the crack.Only a final 12 miles of ice now connects the future iceberg to its parent ice shelf.
In only a few weeks!
Project MIDAS is critical to our continued scientific studies. At least, for now, they’re not effected by the same hysteria outlawing climate studies in the USA. More about MIDAS:
Project MIDAS is a UK-based Antarctic research project, investigating the effects of a warming climate on the Larsen C ice shelf in West Antarctica. Recent warming has caused large melt ponds to form on Larsen C during summer, which are changing the structure of the ice. The effects of this on the future of the ice shelf are still unknown.
We are studying these effects through a mixture of fieldwork, satellite observation and computer simulations of the ice shelf and its climate.
Project MIDAS is based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University in Wales, with support from the British Antarctic Survey and a variety of partners both in the UK and internationally. The project is funded by the National Environment Research Council. SOURCE: http://www.projectmidas.org/about/