Antarctic Sea Ice Forces Research Ship to Turn Back

OSLO, March 2 (Reuters) - Thick sea ice has forced a scientific research ship to abandon a trip to an Antarctic ice shelf from which a massive iceberg snapped off last year, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said on Friday. Sea ice up to 5 meters (16 ft) thick blocked the RRS James Clark Ross vessel from reaching the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula, near South … [Read more...]

NASA Scientists Get Up-Close Look at Massive Iceberg ‘Roughly the Size of Delaware’

A NASA aircraft on a mission to map polar ice in Antarctica got one of the first up-close looks at the massive iceberg that broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf this past July. The giant one trillion ton iceberg, known as A68, originally spanned an area of about 5,800 square km - roughly the same size as the U.S. state of Delaware.  It wasn't until recently that … [Read more...]

Trillion Tonne Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said … [Read more...]

A Giant Iceberg the Size of Delaware is About to Break Off Antarctica

By Alister Doyle OSLO, June 21 (Reuters) - One of the biggest icebergs on record is like a "niggling tooth" about to snap off Antarctica and will be an extra hazard for ships around the frozen continent as it breaks up, scientists said on Wednesday. An area of the Larsen C ice shelf, about as big as the U.S. state of Delaware or the Indonesian island of Bali, is connected by … [Read more...]