Recent images taken by the European Space Agency‘s (ESA) Envisat satellite show that an Antarctic ice shelf is less than 15 percent of its size 17 years ago. According to the ESA, In January 1995, Larsen B ice shelf was 4,373 square miles (11,521 square kilometers). Today, the large floating sheet of ice is just a fraction of that size at 634 miles (1,670 square kilometers). In the last decade alone, Larsen B lost 691 square miles (1,790 square kilometers).


Larsen B is one in a series of three ice shelves that extend along the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The smallest ice shelf, Larsen A, broke up in January 1995 while the largest ice shelf, Larsen C, has been stable with signs of thinning and longer summer melts, the ESA says.

This animation shows radar images from the Envisat satellite from 2002 to 2012 of the Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica.




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