The edge of an ice shelf stretches out to the ocean off of Adelaide Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. The photo was taken during NASA’s IceBridge mission. Credit: Maria-Jose Vinas, NASA

December, 2014

Antarctica’s crystal ball

Ice shelves fringe the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1995, and then again in 2002, several of these large floating platforms collapsed. Ice shelves put the brakes on the continent’s glacial movement. When ice shelves retreat, the brakes are lifted and glaciers begin to accelerate. In 2002, the Larsen B ice shelf lost 1,255 square miles in… Read more »

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