Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 12, 505–520, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-505-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 505–520, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-505-2018

Research article 09 Feb 2018

Research article | 09 Feb 2018

Recent rift formation and impact on the structural integrity of the Brunt Ice Shelf, East Antarctica

Jan De Rydt et al.

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Short summary
We provide an unprecedented view into the dynamics of two active rifts in the Brunt Ice Shelf through a unique set of field observations, novel satellite data products, and a state-of-the-art ice flow model. We describe the evolution of fracture width and length in great detail, pushing the boundaries of both spatial and temporal coverage, and provide a deeper insight into the process of iceberg formation, which exerts an important control over the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.