We bet you don't know these little-known facts about the recent giant breakaway iceberg in Antarctica
We know you've heard about this ice block but we BET you don't know what is really happening with Antarctica and it's worse.
This HUGE iceberg is one of the largest icebergs observed in the last 30 years. This giant weighs more than a trillion tons. Its area is just about the size of Wales and 4 times greater than London!
In fact this breakaway is not a surprise for scientists. They knew it would happen sooner or later. Besides, before this ice block broke off from the ice shelf, called Larsen C, there were many icebergs that separated from two ice shelves (Larsen A and B) and other ice shelves of Antarctic.
Iceberg detachment 12 July 2017
The split of Larsen C ice shelf in 2016
A big iceberg broke away from the Pine Island ice shelf in 2014
The split of Thwaites Glacier, 2014
Scientists from the University of Ohio (USA) have proved that Antarctica is falling apart from within. The separation of an iceberg that weighs this much will radically change the landscape of the entire Antarctic Peninsula.
Scientists captured the process of this giant's developing and that's how it looks like:
The reasons and theories
Scientist believe that the break is likely triggered by climate change. However, there is no conclusive evidence that the iceberg is connected to the process of climate change. Scientists also believe that the disappearance of the iceberg may lead to further disintegration of the rest of the ice shelf. In this case, the sea level can rise by about 10 centimeters, which is not that little as it seems.
Meanwhile, over the past 50 years, the temperature on the Antarctic Peninsula has increased by 2.5 ° C and is still increasing.
Can you imagine how huge this iceberg is? What do you think about the future of our planet Earth? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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