Humongous Crack in the Antarctic Ice Shelf Revealed in New Video

Source: LiveScience/Jeanna Bryner

A giant crack that could release a chunk of ice larger than the state of Rhode Island into the sea was captured in stunning detail in new video footage of Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf.

The stunning overhead video shows a lengthy and wide gash in the never-ending white of the ice shelf, a rift estimated to have grown to nearly 109 miles (175 kilometers) long, based on satellite data released in January. The rift is about 1,500 feet (460 meters) wide.

Scientists estimate it could take just months for that huge iceberg to break off the shelf.

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Video Credit: GeoBeats News