Why researching an Antarctic ice shelf could find Endurance

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Next year, a new expedition to the Antarctic will have an unusual dual objective. On the one hand, its main goal is to visit and study the Larsen C Ice Shelf which, last July, calved one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded in Antarctica. But it is also going to search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated explorer ship Endurance. 

Role of large ice shelves
The Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 will travel to Larsen C, one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica, to carry out a series of geophysical measurements to establish if, and when, more icebergs will form from ice break-ups, 

More icebergs in the Antarctic
Larsen C is the floating extension of glaciers that have flowed off the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula and joined together to form one giant buoyant platform. Its northern neighbours, Larsen A and Larsen B, suffered catastrophic break-ups in 1995 and 2002 respectively, that hastened the movement of the glaciers behind, allowing them to dump yet more of their ice into the ocean, rai

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