Media Analysis Draft - Brittney Cuddy Writing 208 Professor Seth Kahn Crack in Larsen C is Growing and So Are Concerns The Larsen Ice Shelf is a large

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Brittney Cuddy Writing 208 Professor Seth Kahn February 21, 2017 Crack in Larsen C is Growing and So Are Concerns The Larsen Ice Shelf is a large, solid iceberg located along the Antarctic Peninsula that is divided into segments and is denoted with letters from A to G. Since the publication of Larsen C, many scientists are concerned of its widening crack and how rapid it is breaking off. A media analysis of Larsen C reveals that through high temperatures, a growing rift, and stress on the shelf, Larsen C is expected to break soon and greatly impact our near future. According to Live Science , Larsen C is described as a massive iceberg that is the size of Delaware. Scientists report that it is closer to breaking due to its widening crack and its growing rift that stretches 109 miles long. Since early 2017, the rift has grown 6.2 miles and only has 12.4 miles fastened onto the iceberg. It is determined that Larsen C is calving and will detach early this year. Once broken off, it will be reported as the largest iceberg and will lose over 10 percent of its surface. The impact it will leave once broken off is having the Larsen Ice Shelf become less stable and not having barriers to block glaciers moving towards the ocean. As stated in IFL science , the crack in Larsen C is threatening to calve off and has grown a worrying 17 miles within the last two months. It is close to fully breaking within the next month due enormous stress placed on the remaining 20 miles. Larsen C is described as the fourth largest iceberg in Antarctica that is twice the size of Hawaii. The concern it leaves is that the shelf right now sits on the outer edge holding back glaciers and once it calves, these glaciers will flow their way into the ocean. Furthermore, it is then predicted to elevate sea levels a heavy
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  • Spring '14
  • Antarctica, Ice shelf, Larsen Ice Shelf, British Antarctic Territory, Larsen C

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