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Image - The Antarctic as seen from space

Image of the week - The Antarctic as seen from space


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In this image, the Wilkins Ice Shelf can be seen in the process of slowly breaking away from the Antarctic Peninsula as the ice bridge that connects it to nearby islands looks set to collapse. New rifts forming along its center axis resulted in a large block of ice breaking away.

The 40-kilometer-long (25-mile-long) ribbon of sea ice that secured the Jamaica-size ice shelf
to Antarctica had been "hanging by a thread" since August 2008.

But now, at least, scientists can keep an eye on the phenomenon nearly in real-time, using images downloaded from the European Space Agency's Webcam from Space, which have been processed by the Earth Observation Grid Processing On Demand operated at ESA/ESRIN using grid computing.

This is one several third-party applications and services integrated and supported by the European Space Agency Grid using Terradue's gridify application integration environment. The gridify solution allows the implementation and configuration of composite services requiring the use of substantial computer resource and large data volumes in an dynamic and timely fashion. Click image above to see time-lapse images of the changes.

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