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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 01:38 PM

A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

This is an update from The New York Times about the crack in the Larcen C ice shelf.

A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football fields each day.

The crack in Larsen C now reaches over 100 miles in length, and some parts of it are as wide as two miles. The tip of the rift is currently only about 20 miles from reaching the other end of the ice shelf.

Once the crack reaches all the way across the ice shelf, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, according to Project Midas, a research team that has been monitoring the rift since 2014. Because of the amount of stress the crack is placing on the remaining 20 miles of the shelf, the team expects the break soon.

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chelsea0011 Feb 2017 #1

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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 01:53 PM

1. About 120 miles in length? Boston to New Haven. That will be one large berg.

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