Antarctica's Larsen C Iceberg
This TerraSAR-X image shows Antarctica's Larsen C iceberg on 22 July 2017. On 12 July, the detachment of this gigantic section of the Larsen C ice shelf, a process known as "calving", astonished the world and motivated scientists to carry out further experiments to investigate the stability of the ice-sheet.
It has been reported by CBC news that it is difficult to take measurements of the iceberg because it is enormous; and continues to move without remaining fixed at one point, in contrast to the previous icebergs in the Larsen series. It has also been observed that this calving created around 11 smaller icebergs and the largest of them is more than 10 kilometres long.
Furthermore, scientists have come to the conclusion that this calving does not result from climate change but is rather a trend. However, further improvements in satellite technology will enable researchers to collect more data on calving and advance their understanding of how the flow of glaciers is affected by the ice shelves.
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Credit: CNES 2017, Distribution Airbus DS - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team.