Environment

Trillion Ton Ice Shelf Breaks Away From Antarctica

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Good afternoon, a chunk of ice more voluminous than one of the Great Lakes has broken off from Antarctica.

From the Weather Underground:

The iceberg that was observed by a U.S. satellite on Wednesday covers an area greater than 2,300 square miles, larger than the state of Delaware, and is more than 650 feet thick. [...]

"The calving occurred sometime between Monday 10th July 2017 and Wednesday 12th July 2017, when a 5,800 square km section of Larsen C finally broke away. The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, weighs more than a trillion tons. Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes," researchers with the Project MIDAS said in a blog post.

There are times when I wish I could live on a coastline and breathe in the ocean breeze every day, but there are also times that I'm grateful to be living high up on a hill in the Midwest.

Sleep tight.

  • swift_4

    Time to buy some property around the 20 foot elevation mark. Probably just a street or two back from the beach. It will be the new beachfront property for your kids.

  • muselet

    More detail can be had from BBC News.

    It’s concerning that the ice shelves are thinning and retreating; that said, this calving isn’t necessarily a hair-on-fire, ohmigod, Antarctica is melting! event. The Larsen C Ice Shelf has been the source of large icebergs before.

    In a sane universe, this would be a reminder that we need to do something about global warming. We do not, however, live in a sane universe, so we—especially R politicans and the fossil-fuel industries—are likely to pretend there’s not a new iceberg bobbing about off the coast of Antarctica.

    –alopecia

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  • Draxiar

    Let’s not forget it’s winter down there which makes this, in my mind, all the more alarming.

    • Tony Lavely

      It’s that Christian God’s will, amiright?
      /snark