Bowdoin’s Lea Discusses Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists had been monitoring the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf for several years

An iceberg the size of Delaware recently broke away from western Antarctica and is now floating in the ocean. A big deal, to be sure, said Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science Peter Lea, but not unexpected.

“The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf had been growing for ten years, so it was a question of when, not if, the break-off, or ‘calving’ as it’s known, would happen.” Read more about it in Bowdoin News.

Founding Principles: Everything You Need to Know about How the Constitution Created the Judicial Branch (Monkey Cage)

The Washington Post political science blog Monkey Cage continues its weekly series presenting episodes from Bowdoin’s Founding Principles, a series of videos designed to explain American government and how it works.

This week narrator Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, examines the Judiciary and the establishment of the Supreme Court — the only court the Constitution actually creates. Read Rudalevige’s Monkey Cage piece, “Here’s everything you need to know about how the Constitution created the judicial branch, in a 15-minute video” and watch other Founding Principles videos here.