Crack in Antarctic ice shelf threatens research station

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A giant crack in East Antarctica is threatening to cleave off part of the ice where a key research station sits and leave the facility drifting on an iceberg.

The chasm, which was dormant for 35 years, is now growing at a pace of about 1.7 kilometers, or 1 mile, per year on the Brunt ice shelf, according to the British Antarctic Survey.

The U.K. science office on Tuesday said it was preparing to move the Halley VI Research Station to save it from splintering off into the sea. The station is a globally important platform for gathering data on space, weather, climate change and ozone measurements.  Read more…

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