Antarctica, the cold zone of planet Earth, sheds a huge iceberg that weighs almost 1.1 trillion tons into the Southern Ocean. The satellite data suggests the iceberg is approximately the area of Sikkim (an Indian state) and almost the volume of Shivajisagar Lake (in Maharashtra, India). Where is it heading? Scientists are not sure, but you can get a track of it from Business Insider. Why and how Antarctica sheds a huge iceberg on Wednesday (13/07/2017)?
Antarctica gave birth to the largest ever recorded iceberg on Wednesday, 13 July 2017. A crack on the Larsen C ice shelf of Antarctica is the primary reason for this event.
The rift that was formed in Antarctica’s ice was first noticed in 2010, but scientists identified a rapid growth in it since 2016. The actual separation of iceberg from Antarctica was between July 10th and 12th of this year. Where is this iceberg heading to? What effect does it have on our planet and ecosystem? Read more about it on Business Insider. You can also read about the iceberg calving news that was posted prior to the event here.
As Antarctica sheds a huge iceberg, will it increase the water level of oceans? Scientists believe that the eventual melt of this gigantic iceberg won’t cause any considerable raise in the sea levels. According to Luckman and O’Leary, after loosing such a large mass of ice, the Larsen C shelf of Antarctica can be a less stable. In simple words, the event of gigantic iceberg’s birth from the Antarctica opens a feeble chance for the entire Larsen C ice shelf to eventually disintegrate and collapse into the sea.
Though the Antarctic ice experts believe that a complete loss of Larsen C is highly unlikely, and if that happens, it would be due to natural processes. They also say that such calving events are normal for a healthy ice sheet. This means there is little worry to about the calving event for us, at least for now.