Christopher Shuman, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Center, believes the branch likely is a signal of larger change.
“This is probably a sign of the same kind of changes that we have seen in the ice shelves farther north,” Shuman said, adding that it follows a pattern that’s been happening along the east coast of the Antarctic peninsula for years.
“First there are smaller losses that set up larger losses within a decade or so,” Shuman said. “Will it be a decade or so for the Larsen C? We’re going to have to watch to find out.”