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Larsen Ice Shelf Meets Open Water

The edge of the Larsen Ice Shelf meets open water and sea ice, viewed from above during the 20th Ice Bridge flight in Antarctica. The flight, which lifted off on Nov. 16, 2009, surveyed the Antarctic Peninsula including the Larsen Ice Shelf and nearby glaciers. Credit: Michael Studinger, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

The Larsen Ice Shelf is a long ice shelf in the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Also extending along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula from Cape Longing to Smith Peninsula. Therefore It is named for Captain Carl Anton Larsen, the master of the Norwegian whaling vessel Jason. Also who sailed along the ice front as far as 68°10′ South during December 1893. In finer detail, the Larsen Ice Shelf is a series of shelves that occupy  distinct embayments along the coast. From north to south, the segments are called Larsen A (the smallest), Larsen B, and Larsen C (the largest) by researchers who work in the area.

 

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