The Floating Ice of Antarctica

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Event type: Talk, meet the scientist

Location: Attenborough Studio

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Free, no ticket required

About 98% of Antarctica - the coldest, dries and windiest continent on Earth - is covered by a sheet of ice which is, on average, 1.6 kilometres thick.

Along half the coastline of the continent there are ice shelves - thick platforms of ice jutting out from the land - floating on the ocean surface.

Scientists want to discover what's causing these ice shelves to melt, particularly since A-68 (the biggest iceberg recorded), broke away in 2017 from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the Antarctic peninsula.

Join British Antarctic Survey scientist Ella Gilbert and find out what's driving the melting of the Antarctic peninsula ice shelves, and what knock-on effects this could have for the future. 

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