Title Huge crack in Antarctic Larsen C Ice Shelf signals collapse Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet Drivetime RTE 1 Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 11 minutes Country/Territory Ireland Date 8/05/17 Description 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.
Producer/Author Sean Duke & Mary Wilson URL https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21170618 Persons Paul Dunlop
- Ice shelf