A massive iceberg slowly forming – Larsen-C

For the past couple of years, scientists have been watching a crack slowly growing in Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf, Larsen-C.


The location of the crack. The arrow shows the direction of propagation.

We downloaded some Sentinel-2 images of the location and can see the approximate extent of the crack as of March 2017:

To view them in Google Earth download this KML file. Warning: older computers may struggle to load the images. We tried viewing the overlays in the new Google Earth, but it could only handle one overlay at a time. Trying to open both at once crashed WebGL.

The European Space Agency ESA (which runs the Sentinel program) produced this video showing how they used Sentinel-1 (a radar imaging satellite) to analyse the movement of the ice:

And for some aerial footage, see this video from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS):

While exploring the area in Landsat imagery we were struck by the beauty of the imagery. These two are our favourites:


Sunset in Antarctica.


Beautiful blue ice.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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