A crack in the Larsen-C ice shelf in on the Antarctic Peninsula first appeared several years ago, but recently it has been lengthening faster than before.

As you probably know, an ice sheet about the size of New Jersey is about to be broken off from Antarctica.


The ESA Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission is continually monitoring the growing crack in Antarctica’s Larsen-C ice shelf.

When the ice shelf breaks off or ‘calves’, it will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded – but exactly how long this will take is difficult to predict.