Video: Stunning Footage of a Crack in the Antarctic Ice

Over the past few years we’ve seen several stories about massive chunks of ice breaking off from Antarctica, but for the most part we haven’t had a chance to truly see the forces at work behind those calving events. In this video, we travel to the Frozen Continent where stunning footage captured by a drone reveals a massive crack in the ice that is spreading across the Brunt Ice Shelf. As of last month, just a mile of ice remained before this crack connects with another, causing a potential iceberg the size of Houston, Texas to form. With the crack growing at a rate of several hundred meters per week, it seems like only a matter of time before that occurs, further reducing the size of the Antarctic ice shelves. Here, we get a close up look at what that crack looks like as it inches its way closer and closer to what appears to be the inevitable conclusion.