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Pictured: The Ice rift map<br />
Re: Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days – latest data from ice shelf<br />
The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has grown by 17km in the last few days and is now only 13km from the ice front, indicating that calving of an iceberg is probably very close, Swansea University researchers revealed after studying the latest satellite data.<br />
The rift in Larsen C is likely to lead to one of the largest icebergs ever recorded.  It is being monitored by researchers from the UK's Project Midas, led by Swansea University.<br />
Professor Adrian Luckman of Swansea University College of Science, head of Project Midas, described the latest findings:<br />
“In the largest jump since January, the rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf has grown an additional 17 km (11 miles) between May 25 and May 31 2017. This has moved the rift tip to within 13 km (8 miles) of breaking all the way through to the ice front, producing one of the largest ever recorded icebergs.<br />
The rift tip appears also to have turned significantly towards the ice front, indicating that the time of calving is probably very close.<br />
The rift has now fully breached the zone of soft ‘suture’ ice originating at the Cole Peninsula and there appears to be very little to prevent the iceberg from breaking away completely.”
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Pictured: The Ice rift map
Re: Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days – latest data from ice shelf
The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has grown by 17km in the last few days and is now only 13km from the ice front, indicating that calving of an iceberg is probably very close, Swansea University researchers revealed after studying the latest satellite data.
The rift in Larsen C is likely to lead to one of the largest icebergs ever...
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