Earth  ID: 3123

Larsen Ice Shelf Collapse (WMS)

The Larsen ice shelf at the northern end of the Antarctic Peninsula experienced a dramatic collapse between January 31 and March 7, 2002. First, melt ponds appeared on the ice shelf during these summer months (seen in blue on the shelf), then a minor collapse of about 800 square kilometers occurred. Finally, a 2600 square kilometer collapse took place, leaving thousands of sliver icebergs and berg fragments where the shelf formerly lay. Brownish streaks within the floating chunks mark areas where rocks and morainal debris are exposed from the former underside and interior of the shelf. These images were acquired by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite.

Visualization Credits

Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Terry Haran (University of Colorado): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Terra/MODIS 2002/01/31, 2002/02/17, 2002/02/23, 2002/03/05, 2002/03/07

This item is part of this series:

DLESE >> Cryology
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Glaciers/Ice Sheets >> Icebergs
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Icebergs
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Sea Ice Motion
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version