Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability


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An established rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, formerly constrained by a suture zone containing marine ice, grew rapidly during 2014 and is likely in the near future to generate the largest calving event since the 1980s and result in a new minimum area for the ice shelf. Here we investigate the recent development of the rift, quantify the projected calving event and, using a numerical model, assess its likely impact on ice shelf stability. We find that the ice front is at risk of becoming unstable when the anticipated calving event occurs.



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DOI 10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015

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Jansen, D. , Luckman, A. J. , Cook, A. , Bevan, S. , Kulessa, B. , Hubbard, B. and Holland, P. (2015): Brief Communication: Newly developing rift in Larsen C Ice Shelf presents significant risk to stability , The Cryosphere, 9 , pp. 1223-1227 . doi: 10.5194/tc-9-1223-2015


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