30 June, 2017 by Nicholas O'Flaherty
In this podcast interveiw, we talk to one of the experts from Project MIDAS, Professor Adrian Luckman of Swansea University in Wales, about the dramatic rift growing across the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and the pending birth of what will be one of the largest icebergs ever recorded - an iceberg the size of Delaware!
At 48,000 km2, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica and the world. While ice shelves exist in the Arctic, they are considerably smaller. The largest Northern Hemisphere ice shelf is the 200km2 Ward Ice Shelf on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island, Canada. By comparison the world’s largest, the Ross Ice Shelf, is a whopping 472,000 km2, approximately the same size as Spain.