Antarctica's fragile ice

Cliffs, rifts and penguins -- visions from a frozen world
  • An oblique view of a massive rift in the Antarcitc Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. A crack that could create an iceberg the size of Delaware - and destabilize one of the largest ice shelves in the Antarctic - has branched out and begun to widen more quickly, a scientist has said. Located on the Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica, the new Antarctica crack is an offshoot of a rupture that gained notice after growing dramatically in 2014, and last year was forecast to cause the separation of a 1,900-square-mile (5,000-square-kilometer) iceberg within years. Photo taken November 2016. Reuters

    An oblique view of a massive rift in the Antarcitc Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. A crack that could create an iceberg the size of Delaware - and destabilize one of the largest ice shelves in the Antarctic - has branched out and begun to widen more quickly, a scientist has said. Located on the Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica, the new Antarctica crack is an offshoot of a rupture that gained notice after growing dramatically in 2014, and last year was forecast to cause the separation of a 1,900-square-mile (5,000-square-kilometer) iceberg within years. Photo taken November 2016. Reuters

  • Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica. Reuters

    Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica. Reuters

  • The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in November 2013. Reuters

    The B-31 Iceberg is seen after separating from a rift in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in November 2013. Reuters

  • Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica. Reuters

    Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica. Reuters

  • Glaciers of Livingston Island are pictured in the Antarctica continent. Reuters

    Glaciers of Livingston Island are pictured in the Antarctica continent. Reuters

  • Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d�Urville in East Antarctica. Reuters

    Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d�Urville in East Antarctica. Reuters

  • A glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey installs a pole into the Wilkins Ice Shelf as part of a satellite monitoring system. Reuters

    A glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey installs a pole into the Wilkins Ice Shelf as part of a satellite monitoring system. Reuters

  • General view of the Taylor Glacier near McMurdo Station. Reuters

    General view of the Taylor Glacier near McMurdo Station. Reuters

  • Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica. Reuters

    Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica. Reuters

  • A satellite view of Antarctica. Reuters

    A satellite view of Antarctica. Reuters

  • Ice melt shows through at a cliff face at Landsend on the coast Reuters

    Ice melt shows through at a cliff face at Landsend on the coast Reuters

  • A Weddell seal lies atop ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

    A Weddell seal lies atop ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

  • Penguins can be seen walking across ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

    Penguins can be seen walking across ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

  • Icebergs grind against the shallows off the Rothera base, run by the British Antarctic Survey, on the Antarctic Peninsula. Reuters

    Icebergs grind against the shallows off the Rothera base, run by the British Antarctic Survey, on the Antarctic Peninsula. Reuters

  • A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula. Reuters

    A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula. Reuters

  • The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, seen in 2014. Reuters

    The Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, seen in 2014. Reuters

  • A pair of Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

    A pair of Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay. Reuters

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