Shown below are up-to-date satellite observations of the sea ice covers of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, along with comparisons with the historical satellite record of more than 37 years. For example, sea ice retreat in the Weddell Sea along the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula probably contributed to Larsen Ice Shelf losses. The Antarctic peninsula, where the Larsen ice shelf resides, is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet. This mosaic image is centered on the northern part of the ice shelf. Scientists have documented one of the most extensive melting events ever recorded in West Antarctica, an area that holds enough land ice to raise sea level by about 11 feet if … The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years. Last year's melt season was the highest in forty years of satellite records. Researchers have now turned their attention to Larsen C, […] In this handout photo provided by British Antarctic Survey, field guide Andy Hood is seen at the Brunt ice shelf in Antarctica in January 2020. Ice shelves—thick slabs of floating ice attached to coastlines and usually fed by glaciers—fringe the frozen continent. Over the last three decades, the Antarctic Peninsula has undergone immense change. Using ICESat data, scientists recently confirmed that there is accelerated movement of glaciers on the West Antarctic ice sheet and the Antarctic Peninsula (located at about 10 o’clock) following the breakup of the floating ice shelf onto which the glaciers flowed. The Ross Sea Ice Shelf is Antarctica's largest (Getty) Leer en Español. (Robert Taylor/British Antarctic Survey via … The calved block covers 1,636 sq km in area - a little smaller than Scotland's Isle of Skye - … As temperatures rise due to climate change, the melting of polar ice sheets is accelerating. One large effect of this is the collapse of the Larsen A Ice Shelf in 1995 followed by the break up of Larsen B seven years later. In contrast, in the Antarctic the sea ice coverage has been increasing although at a lesser rate than the decreases in the Arctic. See the Huge Crack in West Antarctica Before Iceberg Broke Off July 13, 2017 - A giant iceberg the size of Delaware has broken off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in West Antarctica… The two glaciers effectively act as arteries connecting the West Antarctic ice sheet to the ocean. The Independent writes on the intensification of melting on the Antarctic peninsula. Researchers attribute this to both atmospheric and oceanic warming. This mosaic image is centered on the intensification of melting on the planet, is one of fastest-warming! Robert Taylor/British Antarctic Survey via … As temperatures rise due to climate change, the melting of polar ice is. 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