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

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Brittney Cuddy Writing 208 Professor Seth Kahn February 28, 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 ranging from A to G. Larsen C is Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf, with an area that is roughly 19,000 square miles. Since the publication of Larsen C, many scientists are concerned of its widening crack and how rapid it is breaking off from the Larsen Shelf. 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 off soon, which will greatly impact our near future. Live Science’s article, “100-Mile-Long Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Keeps Growing” by Kacey Deamer was written on January 26, 2017. Larsen C is described as “a massive iceberg that is the size of Delaware” (Deamer). Scientists report that it is close to breaking due to its widening crack and rift that stretches 109 miles long. Since early 2017, the rift has grown 6.2 miles and only has 12.4 miles that are attached to the Larsen Shelf. 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 Larsen Ice Shelf will become less stable and have no barriers to block glaciers from moving towards the ocean. The impact on the ice shelf would be severe if this were to occur. The IFL Science article, “Aerial Footage Of The Enormous Antarctic Ice Crack That’s Worrying Scientists” was written by Josh Davis on February 8, 2017. It is stated that 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 to enormous stress placed on the
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remaining 20 miles. Larsen C is described as “the fourth largest iceberg in Antarctica that is twice the size of Hawaii” (Davis). It is concerning how the shelf sits on the outer edge holding
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  • Spring '14
  • Antarctica, Ice shelf, British Antarctic Territory, Larsen C

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