Antarctic ice shelf collapses

Greenpeace predictions proved correct

Feature story - 19 March, 2002
A huge ice shelf in Antarctica has collapsed in the space of only a month. The Larsen B ice shelf was 200m thick and 3250 km².

The collapse is due to unprecedented warming in the region in the last 50 years.

In 1997 a Greenpeace expedition to the region discovered a large crack in the ice shelf and predicted a collapse of the ice shelf in the near future.


The full details from the British Antarctic Survey

Story, animation and audio from the BBC