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An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland.
Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes — and any collision could do untold damage. In a worst case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where another Greenland iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912.
"It's so big that you can't prevent it from drifting. You can't stop it," said Jon-Ove Methlie Hagen, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo.
Few images can capture the world's climate fears like a 100-square- mile (260-sqare-kilometer) chunk of ice breaking off Greenland's vast ice sheet, a reservoir of freshwater that if it collapsed would raise global sea levels by a devastating 20 feet (6 meters).
Researchers are in a scramble to plot the trajectory of the floating ice shelf, which is moving toward the Nares Strait separating Greenland's northwestern coast and Canada's Ellsemere Island.
If it makes it into the strait before the winter freeze — due to start next month — it would likely be carried south by ocean currents, hugging Canada's east coast until it enters waters busy with oil activities and shipping off Newfoundland.
Originally posted by triplereiki
Are they absolutely sure it broke off? Could a laser-type thing (satellite) have cut it out so it would become dislodged?
Just a thought. could be possilbe.
It seems action in alot of events have been stepped up quite a bit, probably before everyone finnally catches on and figures it all out.
Keep everyone in a whirl---get us looking in one direction, while more crap is getting started elsewhere.
So why don't they just start cutting huge chunks off this thing and delivering them to countries in need of water?
Originally posted by Phage
We should put a giant magnifying glass in orbit and use it to melt the sucker.
Really, I don't know what can be done about it. But I do know that, human nature being what it is, nothing will be done until the last possible moment.