An Iceberg Broken Off In the Antarctic Is Larger Than Bangkok and Weighs 315 Billion Tonnes
Even as we have a new trend of young activists promoting awareness of climate change and global warming, the real authorities in the world don’t really do much to address this worrying and mammoth phenomenon that threatens our planet. With the ongoing wave of climate protests and strikes comes an alarming piece of news from Antarctica. A gigantic iceberg has broken off form one of the ice shelves and is estimated to be 315 billion tones, but will that make the powers that be sit up and take notice?
1Gigantic ice berg has broken off from a major ice shelf
Many of us get a thrill watching ice cubes melt in a glass of water or soda but when the same thing happens on a large scale, it is not in the least pleasurable or amusing but frightening instead. A few decades ago, we could never contemplate such things happening because we took it for granted that the polar ice caps were here to stay period, but now it’s a different story today. We are now witnessing events that are disastrous not just on a large scale but on gigantic scales and all is not well for the planet.
2More than 3.5 billion tonnes
The news in question is the gigantic iceberg breaking off the Amery Ice shelf in Antarctica on 26th September, just last week. Known as the loose tooth or D28, the iceberg lies over a huge area of 1,528 square km and weighs 3.5 billion tones. This is larger than the whole of the Faroe Islands Archipelago and larger than Bangkok too. Imagine that.
3Calving is a natural occurrence and happens occasionally
Calving or the breaking of ice off fixed ice shelves is a natural phenomenon where the ice shelves sometimes lose chunks of ice breaking off into the ocean to balance the quantity of snow collecting upstream. However, the breaking off loose tooth was more than the usual and scientists also predicted this was coming eventually and they have been monitoring the impending event over the last few years.
4The experts say that it isn’t a sign of global warming
Surprisingly Professor Helen Fricker from Scripps Institution of Oceanography says with reassurance that this event should not be taken as a sign of global warming or climate change because according to satellite records environmental balance is still being maintained in the Amery Ice shelf.