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Ominous signs for Larsen C ice shelf


Cook, SJ, Ominous signs for Larsen C ice shelf, The Science Show, ABC Radio National, Hobart, Australia (2017) [Media Interview]

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The fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, known as Larsen C, has developed a crack 180km long. It is only a matter of time before a giant iceberg peels away and floats free in the Antarctic circumpolar current. There are other ominous signs. The ice is thinning. And meltwater ponds are accumulating. The neighbouring Larsen B ice shelf suffered ‘catastrophic ice shelf collapse’ in 2002. Is the same fate awaiting Larsen C? Glaciologist Sue Cook describes the dynamics of Antarctic ice and how scientists are closely watching the Larsen C ice shelf.

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Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:antarctica, iceberg calving
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Cook, SJ (Dr Sue Cook)
ID Code:117864
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-06-28
Last Modified:2017-06-28
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