Huge crack in Antarctic Larsen C Ice Shelf signals collapse

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If a 180 km crack was appearing across continental Europe there may be a sense of public panic. Well, that’s just what is happening across another continent, in Antarctica, where scientists early this year spotted a crack in a lump of floating ice called the Larsen C ice shelf, which is about twice the size of Wales. A secondary crack, or fork, has now appeared in Larsen C, leaving just 20km of solid ice left preventing it from total collapse. Scientists believe that nothing can now stop the collapse of Larsen C, and when it does break up it will be even more dramatic than the break up of the nearby Larsen B ice shelf in 2002.

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Period8 May 2017

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  • TitleHuge crack in Antarctic Larsen C Ice Shelf signals collapse
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletDrivetime RTE 1
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size11 minutes
    CountryIreland
    Date8/05/17
    DescriptionIf a 180 km crack was appearing across continental Europe there may be a sense of public panic. Well, that’s just what is happening across another continent, in Antarctica, where scientists early this year spotted a crack in a lump of floating ice called the Larsen C ice shelf, which is about twice the size of Wales.
    A secondary crack, or fork, has now appeared in Larsen C, leaving just 20km of solid ice left preventing it from total collapse. Scientists believe that nothing can now stop the collapse of Larsen C, and when it does break up it will be even more dramatic than the break up of the nearby Larsen B ice shelf in 2002.
    Producer/AuthorSean Duke & Mary Wilson
    URLhttps://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21170618
    PersonsPaul Dunlop

Keywords

  • Antarctica
  • Iceberg
  • Ice shelf