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Dubbed “B31,” the iceberg could pose some significant problems for ships if it continues to melt or break apart in the Southern Ocean.
At 255 square miles (660 sq. km) and 500 meters thick, B31 is one of the biggest icebergs on the planet – and currently six times the size of Manhattan.
Although the process of icebergs breaking off from glaciers is typical – “iceberg calving,” as its known, typically occurs at the Pine Island Glacier every six to 10 years – NASA’s Earth Observatory is attempting to keep a special eye on B31.
Currently, B31 is not in the way of any Antarctic shipping lanes, but Brunt said its current trajectory means that's where the iceberg is headed.
"It's floating off into the sea and will get caught up in the current and flow around the Antarctica continent where there are ships," she said, according to the Guardian.
NASA has been monitoring the Pine Island Glacier since 2011, when it first observed a crack that eventually got larger and resulted in B31 breaking off into the ocean. The massive glacier has been highlighted by scientists over the last 20 years due to the fact that, as NASA put it, “it has been thinning and draining rapidly and may be one of the largest contributors to sea level rise.”
originally posted by: crazyewok
Again why is this NASA problem?
Seeing as they are having to hitch rides on Russian ships shouldn't they be focusing on space not Icebergs?
I believe that warming is what caused it to break away from the glacier so not sure what kind of point you're trying to make here.
originally posted by: ScientiaFortisDefendit
Hoax. Obviously this is not possible with the runaway global warming Al Gore warned us about 10 years ago.
Because it's moving slower than a snail in mud? I mean how could a modern ship, equipped with radar and the ability to obtain satellite imagery, hit something like this?
originally posted by: Soloprotocol
My guess is that any ships in the area will probably avoid colliding with it....we'll for various reasons, but one sticks out in particular.