Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Data from Terra's MODIS instrument shows that the Larsen B ice shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula collapsed and broken apart during the 35 days starting January 31st, sending 3250 km2 of 200 meter thick ice into the Weddell Sea in the form of thousands of icebergs. This ice was already floating so will not directly result in a sea level rise. This would seem to be close to the climax of a break up that started several years ago.
- Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapses: an article from The National Snow & Ice Data Center
- Satellite spies on doomed Antarctic ice shelf: the press release from the British Antarctic Survey
- Larsen Ice Shelf 2002: a detailed discussion of the mechanics of ice shelves and their breakups from Christina Hulbe.
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