One of the world's biggest icebergs ever recorded is "hours, days, or weeks" away from breaking off an Antarctic ice shelf, scientists announced Wednesday.
"In another sign that the iceberg calving is imminent, the soon-to-be-iceberg part of Larsen C Ice Shelf has tripled in speed to more than 10 meters per day between June 24th and June 27th," said Adrian Luckman of Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic research project that's keeping watch on the ever-growing crack.
"The iceberg remains attached to the ice shelf, but its outer end is moving at the highest speed ever recorded on this ice shelf. We still cant tell when calving will occur it could be hours, days or weeks," he added.
Once the iceberg breaks off, it "will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula," he said.
Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a land mass, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Since the ice is already floating, the newly created iceberg won't contribute to rising sea levels.
Still, studying ice shelves and icebergs is important because they "hold back the glaciers that 'feed' them," Luckman said. "When they disappear, ice can flow faster from the land to the ocean and contribute more quickly to sea-level rise."
New thread for new news, apparently there was not a thread on it since the last one more than a month ago. Apparently the calving of the ice is happening at a far faster rate than scientists predicted even a few weeks back.
This actually reminds me of the beginning of "The Day After Tomorrow"
Remember : Once that methane trapped under the caps is released, there's no way to put it back in.