Enormous 44-kilometer-long crack ejects British Antarctic Survey from Antarctica

This enormous 44-kilometer-long crack is responsible for the shut down of “Halley-6”, a station of the British Antarctic Survey.

The crack, which suddenly appeared in the Brunt Ice Shelf, was detected by scientists in October 2016.  The base will be closed during the 2017’s Antarctic winter (March to November) and moved to another spot.

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Halley-6, a station of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will remain closed during the Antarctic winter as a huge crack was newly discovered around. The base will be moved away from its present location. Picture via BAS

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is forced to close its base ‘Halley-6’ during the Antarctic winter (March to November) in 2017.

This is partly due to the growing rift, which crept towards the station at a distance of 6 km in October last year, but mainly to a new, giant 44-kilometer-long crack that was discovered only 17 km away.

Here a drone video of the newly discovered crack:

As a result, “Halley-6” will be moved 23 km upstream from its current position.

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