Earth from Space: The Larsen Ice Shelf Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the Larsen Ice Shelf. The Larsen Ice Shelf is located on the Antarctic Peninsula. As we reported, a massive iceberg the size of Delaware broke off the shelf this past July that may soon drift into commercial shipping lanes. These images were captured by the Sentinel-3 satellite.
Although sea ice occasionally occupies the bay during cold winters, it is no substitute for the ice shelf in terms of its influence on the glaciers that once fed the Larsen B. The grounded portion of the shelf used to push back against the glaciers, slowing them down. Over a third of the Antarctic ice shelf is at risk of collapsing as Earth continues to warm.