Larsen B ice shelf collapse sequence

Larsen B ice shelf collapse sequence

Antarctic ice shelf Larsen B suddenly brokeĀ apart in 2002 after an anomalous heatwave. The shelf may have formed 10,000 years ago but shattered in just two to three weeks' time. After its disappearance, the glacier behind it sped up its flow toward the ocean, pushing up sea level faster than it otherwise would have. Here a pictoral sequence of events. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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  • Created On: Oct 29, 2019 - 10:28am
  • Last Updated: Oct 29, 2019 - 10:28am