NASA has released the first-ever photograph of a giant crack on Greenland's Petermann Glacier. The photo was taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge while flying over Greenland's northwestern area.
A new study conducted by researchers from Belgium and the Netherlands revealed that the ice shelf in the eastern peninsula of Antarctica is not as stable or pristine as previously thought.
Since 1995, explorers from the South Pole have been recording their observations that certain parts of Antarctica seem to be collapsing and breaking away from the main continents. If the predictions of scientists are correct, it is possible that one of Antarctica's large ice shelves will completely collapse in the next hundred years.
Scientists focused on Antarctica have been keenly observing the rapid progression of a large crack on the ice. The crack on Larsen C, one of the world’s greatest ice shelves found on the northern major ice shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula, is growing to around 350 kilometers. This is as wide as Delaware, according to reports.
As part of their ongoing "ScienceCasts" video series, Science@NASA reminds just how closely experts from around the world have been keeping a wary eye on Greenland's ice sheet. The result has been a mountain of research all showing the same thing: under the thinning of ice is a whole lot of nothing, and that's not good news.
With climate change heating things up, and the Earth's poles rapidly melting, it should come as no surprise that a major Antarctic ice shelf may completely disappear by 2020, according to a new NASA study.