Antarctic Ice Crack To Create Biggest Icebergs Ever Recorded

By Piyali Roy | Jun 03, 2017 08:19 AM EDT

There has been a development in the big Antarctic ice crack of the Larsen C Ice Shelf situated in Antarctica, which is recently noticed by the scientists. The scientists also believe that a big iceberg will be created if the cracked part of the ice shelf is detached. Larsen C is a fourth largest ice shelf in the Antarctica. Due to the warming climate, it has a risk of a breakup.

According to Mail Online, scientists had noticed the Antarctic ice crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf for the first time in November 2016. After noticing it, scientists were always keeping a close eye on each and every moment of this big Antarctic ice crack of Larsen C ice shelf.

In May 2017, a British Antarctic research project had noticed a new Antarctic ice crack that is almost 9 miles long, moving the main crack approximately six miles behind the previous tip, heading towards the ice shelf's edge. The development on the ice crack has been seen between May 25, 2017, and May 31, 2017. On these dates, European Union's satellites Sentinel-1 passed, through which the images were taken.

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BBC reported on the detachment of this Antarctic ice crack that when the berg's calving would finally take place, the Larsen C shelf would lose more than 10 percent of its area as it is a big chunk of Ice. It has been seen in past that whenever there was an ice shelf collapses, it continues a trend across the Antarctic Peninsula of cracking ice shelves.

There is no record showing a direct effect of this Antarctic ice crack on the water level of the sea. It is believed that when the cracked part of the ice shelf will be detached; it will drift away slowly. The scientists have a view that the Larsen C ice shelf will be less stable after the detachment of the cracked part, as it has been seen in past case of ice shelf Larsen B.

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