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Scientists have discovered something worrying on Antarctica

 



After discovering a MASSIVE crack in the Antarctic ice shelf Larsen C, scientists say that it will soon give away, becoming one of the largest icebergs on the planet. In fact, it might be an iceberg twice the size of the SMALLEST European country.


Experts from the UK say that the crack is now as WIDE as the Shard— a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing 309.6 meters (1,016 ft) high. This is really bad news.

Larsen C is the FOURTH largest ice shelf in Antarctica and according to reports from Nature,  since early this year, its crack has moved at least 10 kilometers more. Currently, the crack is already 175 kilometers long.


A giant rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is expected to reach the ocean soon. Credit: John Sonntag NASA


When the iceberg finally separates from the ice shelf, it will be one of the largest ever recorded, although it is difficult to predict when it will happen.

Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are involved in a long-term research program to monitor ice shelves in order to understand the causes and implications of the rapid changes observed in the region. The new photographs were collected as experts flew over the ice shelf on their way to pick up science equipment on the ground.


Photo via NASA Earth Observatory


According to scientists, it’s a matter of months before it reaches the ocean, releasing into the Weddel Sea. The bad news that it will become an iceberg TWICE the site of LUXEMBURG.

So what caused it to break? Scientists believe that the main reason for the crack in Larsen C is global warming.

According to Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine, the Larsen C crack has upped to a factor of eight.



Dr. Paul Holland, ice and ocean modeler at British Antarctic Survey (BAS), said in a statement:

“Iceberg calving is a normal part of the glacier life cycle, and there is every chance that [the rest of] Larsen C will remain stable and this ice will regrow. 

“However, it is also possible that this iceberg calving will leave Larsen C in an unstable configuration. If that happens, further iceberg calving could cause a retreat of Larsen C.

“We won’t be able to tell whether Larsen C is unstable until the iceberg has calved and we are able to understand the behaviour of the remaining ice.

“The stability of ice shelves is important because they resist the flow of the grounded ice inland.  After the collapse of Larsen B, its tributary glaciers accelerated, contributing to sea-level rise.”

 

13 Comments
  • Deb

    Milankovitch cycles, people, Milankovitch cycles. Its called we either adapt or die. The ancients have tried to tell us…

    • Clamb

      Tell us what?

  • Abadon Reed

    I have the solution to fix this. Detonate the super volcanoes and create nuclear winter with our nukes. It’ll block out the sun and create cooler temperatures, of course the parasites known as humans will die but hey the planet will be saved.

  • madshark

    So essentially, the “experts” don’t know why it is happening. Norvdo they know what the result will be.

    But we do know it is bad and manmade global warming caused it. WOULD YOU PINHEADS JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP?!

    • John Sharpley

      that trump diploma does not help you

      • madshark

        No. But degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy do help me analyze facts, form better opinions than a poorly educated POS like you.

    • James Flannigan

      who you call’n a pinhead? you back woods retard. what’s wrong, you still looking for the lunch money I took from you in the 8th grade? Oh yeah, sorry, you only passed the 7th grade.

      • madshark

        Poor srupid James Faggigan. He sees facts and truth and it makes James sad. James gets so sad he says stupid shit. Poor, poor little faggot. He knows he would get the shit beat out of him, if he ever came out of mommy’s basement. Hide, faggot.

      • madshark

        This from the fucking idiot who believes meditation will open a Stargate. FUCKING IDIOT!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!

      • madshark

        When I want your lip, I’ll get it off my zipper, faggot.

  • Ricky Sugara

    It’s The Day After Tomorrow all over again.

  • Polly Branham Horn

    I can’t understand why grown up adults can’t have grown up discussions without child like name calling and attacking each other. It totally diminishes any intelligent input.

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