Cracks in the Antarctic Ice Shelf

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Researchers with of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been forced to abandon the Halley VI research station for a second consecutive year because of cracks in the ice shelf. “What we are witnessing is the power and unpredictability of nature,” says BAS director Jane Francis. “Because access to the station by ship or aircraft is extremely difficult during the winter months of 24-hour darkness, extremely low temperatures and the frozen sea, we will once again take the precaution of shutting down the station before the 2018 Antarctic winter begins.” The most extraordinary aspect of this story? “We don’t believe that this is related to climate change."