• Rift and iceberg FAQ

    For several years, Project MIDAS has been tracking a large rift on the Larsen C ice shelf. Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked about the rift, and about the iceberg which will be produced as a result.

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  • Larsen C Ice Shelf rift continues to grow

    We can report a further extension of the rift which threatens to calve an iceberg measuring more than 5,000 sq. km in area from the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Imagery acquired on 19th January by ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellites shows a further 10 km of rift growth since January 1st, bringing its total length to 175 km. The rift has continued to grow parallel to the shelf edge, so the iceberg remains attached by around 20 km of ice.

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  • Larsen C Ice Shelf poised to calve

    The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5000 sq. km following further substantial rift growth. After a few months of steady, incremental advance since the last event, the rift grew suddenly by a further 18 km during the second half of December 2016. Only a final 20 km of ice now connects an iceberg one quarter the size of Wales to its parent ice shelf.

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  • A growing rift on Larsen C

    For almost two years now, we have been tracking the progress of a large rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf. This rift, which may threaten the stability of Larsen C, has grown significantly and rapidly during the Antarctic polar night, which is now coming to an end. As of August 2016, the rift is now 22km longer than when satellites were last able to observe it in March of this year.

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  • One last blog from the south

    Life has been very hectic since my last blog ten days ago and we are now all back at Rothera. We got held up by high winds and snow at site E for a further five days before eventually making the last long haul to D to join our science kit.

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