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The world's biggest iceberg: 19-mile crack in the ice breaking away from Antarctica

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posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 11:59 AM
This seems to be happening regularly now. Looking back 10 years we have:

2002: Larsen Ice Shelf collapses

2005: B-15A iceberg

2007: An earlier Pine Glacier iceberg

2010: iceberg B-09B crashes into Mertz Glacier creating a second iceberg

There are fluctuations year to year and even seasonal, but the trend is obvious with regards to the ice mass covering Antarctica:

It doesn't really matter what you think or don't think is the cause. I don't buy it's all normal, move along (seems like a cop-out) and global warming may be wrong too. Whatever the reason:

The continent of Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice per year since 2002.

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posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 12:15 PM
I saw this last night, kept having images of an ice cube crumpling due to the excessive heat. Woke up really hot in the night, and this season has been unnaturally warm, not to mention the Xflares and cme's.

I suspect there could be some flash floods and we need to keep an eye on this and envision how to escape rising waters if it were to occur suddenly.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 12:22 PM
reply to post by tetriswoooo

I think as it approaches a coastal region, the increasingly lower depth would stop it beforehand.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 02:57 PM

Originally posted by tetriswoooo
not trying to fear monger but is there any chance this could hit a land mass and cause damage/death???

An iceberg hitting land and killing people. Now I've heard it all...

I wish people would think about what they're about to type rather than posting rubbish.

But to answer your question, no. A huge iceberg travelling at < 1mph isn't going to hit land and catch anyone unaware.
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posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by TrueInstinct

Yeah the thing is as big as New York it would be visible at least thirty miles away giving you plenty of time to get off the beach.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 04:02 PM

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posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 04:25 PM
reply to post by jjkenobi

Run the Titanic into it! get over here and help me clean the Coca-Cola off my monitor.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 04:35 PM

Originally posted by tarifa37
reply to post by boo1981

The implications could be huge.Once all the floating ice has broken free there would be nothing to stop the glacier from sliding into the sea and thus raising sea levels.

except that it's a piece of ice that's already in the water, thus, already contributing to the sea level and not affecting it after breaking off.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 05:08 PM
I need to ask a few things about this...

Does anyone know if its an actual iceberg, as in no land mass anywhere below that?

if it is an iceberg any budding scientists able to work out an approx depth it would be sitting at...

from rough figures by measuring it by eye what we talking here a 190 square mile black of ice not taking into account the mass of caused by the depth of the ice surley this would take a sunami like force to get it shifting accross the ocean before it could just float a few miles over a few years as it slowly melts??

Just curious!

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 05:34 PM
reply to post by boo1981

Ok so this happened in 2010.

An iceberg the size of Dorset has broken off from Antarctica and could disrupt weather patterns for years to come.
The iceberg, which measures 50 miles by 25 miles, snapped off the Mertz Glacier, a 100-mile long tongue of ice earlier this month.
It was dislodged by an older, 60-mile-long iceberg called B9B, which broke off the glacier in 1987.

So maybe this is nothing to be alarmed about. Did we see any effects from B9B? And so far from the iceberg the size of Dorset....nothing. UNLESS, these icebergs are melting so much quicker because their mass is more exposed to warm water, thus diluting the salt ratio in the oceans and causing some of the mass dolphin/whale beachings! Huh? Huhhhhh? Think about it.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 06:02 PM
An iceberg the size of New York makes it sound like a pretty big chunk of ice. But, really, New York is 6720 square miles. The ocean covers 139 million square miles of the Earth's surface, in comparison. And that is not even taking into account the massive depths of the world's oceans.

This is a drop of water, globally speaking, and will just be swallowed up.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 06:08 PM
Might be a good time to start buying flood insurance.

If you live in a coastal region that is.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 06:12 PM
Clearly we are seeing an acceleration of large icebergs breaking away from Antarctica.

These ice shelves are what is keeping the glaciers on land from sliding into the oceans. How much of this is being created by glaciers on the continent sliding towards the ocean.

The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming, and the speed of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is accelerating, and moving towards the continent.

None of the climate models I have seen take into account this acceleration of Global Warming. They keep saying we won't see serious consequences for a hundred years, but we are already seeing serious problems developing, and may see major impacts within this decade, or the next few decades.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 06:55 PM
reply to post by coffeesniffer

Yes, it is normal. It's sometimes referred to as calving. It's caused by interactions between sea water melting the outer layers of ice, and frictional and tidal forces. This calf is just happens to be extraordinarily large.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 07:31 PM
reply to post by GonzoSinister

The ice sheet is 165 feet tall, and it's area is about 300 square miles. A block of ice with those dimensions would have a volume of about 39 cubic kilometers (about 9 cubic miles). This is the volume of ice, which is slightly larger than the volume of liquid water due to differences in density. I just had a long day of class, so I don't really feel like calculating the volume of liquid water that ice sheet would hold. The difference shouldn't be too significant. For comparison, the total volume of the world's oceans is over 1 billion cubic kilometers (200 million cubic miles). The volume of water produced by this ice berg probably won't cause a tsunami, but it may affect local weather patterns.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 08:52 PM
I see absolutely no evidence this is from man caused global warming ice sheets have been breaking away from Antarctica for the last 3 million years and the climate has been fluctuating for the last 3 million years.

We have only had the satellites to view these breakup for about 30 years. before that little was known about the Antarctic..

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 09:11 PM
I don't think anyone would miss Blackpool these days...

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 09:16 PM
All I know is man began controlling the weather
when he started rounding up
Groundhogs and putting them in Zoo's.

posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 09:36 PM
I hope there won't be any polar bears that get stranded on it and taken out to sea to starve/drown to death. ETA: Nevermind, it's in Antarctica

I like that guys idea of towing it to Africa to provide drinking water. It reminds me of that Futurama episode where to combat global warming, they'd get a big chunk of ice, and dump it in the water each year.
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posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 09:44 PM
There have been some huge ones out of the greenland ice sheet too...last year, one so big it blocked the sea betwwen two islands fo some time...
definately loosing our cool, but, to what end?
Surely the world has been there done that once or twice now in the billions of years its been here....fear not....

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