Larsen B Ice Shelf

A section of the Larsen Ice Shelf in western Antarctica. In 2002, a massive section 220m thick known as the Larsen B Ice Shelf broke off the main shelf and subsequently broke into thousands of icebergs. This ice sheet was partially holding the continental glaciers on land, but since the break-off these glaciers have started moving seaward much more quickly, as can be seen by the time-lapse sequence of the following photographs; the area that is broken up is much larger in 2003 than in previous images.