Emergence Of Huge Glaciers Give Rise To Fear Of Antarctica Falling Apart

March 8th, 2010 - 8:56 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
antarcticaMar 8, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Antarctica is falling apart and certainly it isn’t any Ice Age story. The recent reports of emergence of huge icebergs, just about the size of American states, has triggered the alarm. The reports indicated that a floating iceberg just about the size of Rhode Island crashed against Antarctica’s Mertz Glacier in the month of February. The scary part of the story is that the impact of the collision is so drastic that it has actually given birth to another iceberg that is estimated to be carrying a mass of 860 billion metric tons.

Scientists already smell danger, because the chuck is more than heavy to knock off the glacial tongue and increase the sea level. Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, Colo is of the opinion that the calving incident is nothing extraordinary but quite a natural phenomenon that supports the existence of the steady sheet of ice. In this respect, he recalled ‘B-15′, which was a 170/25 mile iceberg just about the size of Connecticut, that knocked off the Ross ice Shelf in the year 2000.

The newly formed iceberg; ‘C-28′ is under constant observation by the glaciologists. The calving activity proclaiming is reminiscent to the loss of ice in glaciers of Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica, where the ice sheet underwent a steady calving process only to contribute in the future sea level rise. In comparison to this, the overall contribution coming from Antarctic Peninsula is pretty much less. The glaciologists shall continue to keep a trail on the speed up glaciers and loss of ice from Antarctica’s ice sheet.

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