2021-02-18

Antarctica’s Brutt ice shelf is about to break away in an epic way

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Antarctica’s Brutt ice shelf is about to break away in an epic way

The red line marks the date of new cracks and spread in the ice shelf (picture from: ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) last week According to a statement from, the iceberg is still struggling to maintain it despite the data showing that the ice shelf is breaking and hanging in a thread.

However, according to the new data obtained by the Copernicus Sentinel 1 satellite, we still found a new crack in a photo taken recently.

The larger faults in the previous cracks have special names, such as the “Halloween Crack” that was first discovered on October 31, 2016, and the long-standing “Fault No. 1” can be traced back 25 years before.

It should be pointed out that the new image still highlights the acceleration of the spread of cracks on the ice surface, especially the red part marked in the enhanced image below, whose stability seems the most vulnerable.

Antarctica’s Brutt ice shelf is about to break away in an epic way(1)

The figure contains the modified Mission data of the Copernicus Outpost Satellite (2021)

At the same time, NASA is also paying close attention to the cracks along the line and wondering if it will disintegrate before the end of summer. A giant iceberg.

The NASA Earth Observatory said in January this year that the bending or breaking of the ice shelf is also part of the natural process of its periodic growth and decay at the limit of the Earth’s ice sheet.

According to ESA, it has been a long time since Brent released a big iceberg, and the last major incident occurred in 1971.

In addition, for safety and stability, the British Antarctic Survey Project team also had to relocate the Harley VI research station to a farther place.