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NASA's stunning photo shows widening rift in Antarctic ice shelf

Photos released on Friday from NASA's Operation Icebridge show with a stunning clarity that the huge rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is getting closer to causing a section of ice the size of Delaware to break off.

Massive crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is widening

Scientists have been monitoring a massive crack in one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves for some time. In the last five months alone, the fracture has grown an extra 22 kilometers, and it's only a matter of time before it breaks free.
 

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Larsen B ice shelf on January 31  2002. By April 13  2002  the ice shelf had collapsed.
Larsen B ice shelf on January 31, 2002. By April 13, 2002, the ice shelf had collapsed.
NASA Earth Observatory
Antarctica s major ice shelf areas.
Antarctica's major ice shelf areas.
Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center
NASA s Operation Icebridge flight prepares to fly over Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.
NASA's Operation Icebridge flight prepares to fly over Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The NASA Operation Icebridge aircraft comes with a lot of technology  including lasers  radars  digi...
The NASA Operation Icebridge aircraft comes with a lot of technology, including lasers, radars, digital imaging, and infrared sensors.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The SENTINEL-1 mission is the European Radar Observatory for the Copernicus joint initiative of the ...
The SENTINEL-1 mission is the European Radar Observatory for the Copernicus joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
ESA
Incredible image of crack in the Larsen C ice shelf.
Incredible image of crack in the Larsen C ice shelf.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Snapshot of the rift in the Larsen C on Nov. 10  2016. (NASA/John Sonntag)
Snapshot of the rift in the Larsen C on Nov. 10, 2016. (NASA/John Sonntag)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The satellite images not only capture the crack s length  but also the  texture  of the ice shelf wi...
The satellite images not only capture the crack's length, but also the "texture" of the ice shelf with smooth ice depicted as blue and rougher areas — like the rift and open water — as orange. Credit: Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory
NASA
Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA s Sentilel-1.
Image of Venus produced using the same kind of radar being used on the ESA's Sentilel-1.
NASA/JPL
Whirlwind Inlet  Larsen C  Antarctica timelapse - MIDAS fieldwork. May 11  2015.
Whirlwind Inlet, Larsen C, Antarctica timelapse - MIDAS fieldwork. May 11, 2015.
Project Midas
Sentinel-1B lifts off in April 2016.
Sentinel-1B lifts off in April 2016.
ESA

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