That big Berg just dropped.
Above, I’ve been interviewing ice experts about this over recent months, including Eric Rignot, Jeremy Bassis, and Ted Scambos. They give background detail and implications.
Takeaway – not an unexpected or ominous event in itself, this calving is just another step in a process we are already following, and have been expecting. Big picture estimates for sea level rise have risen steadily over recent decades as scientists better understand these ice dynamics.
One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from Antarctica.
The giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6,000 sq km; that’s about a quarter the size of Wales.
An US satellite observed the berg on Wednesday while passing over a region known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf.
Scientists were expecting it. They’d been following the development of a large crack in Larsen’s ice for…
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