Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctic glacier!

A huge iceberg which is almost five times the size of Manhattan has broken off theĀ  Island Glacier in West Antarctica. This is already the second time in two years when the glacier has calved an iceberg this big in size!

The big break off was first seen by a satellite observation specialist from a satellite image. The loss of the huge part of the ice was visible at first sight. The surface of the iceberg was around 267 square kilometers (more than one hundred square miles). Many of the famous scientists, glaciologists and earth scientists have spoken about this issue on social media.

“It’s not unprecedented, but this glacier is concerning for future sea level rise”

Peter Neff from the University of Rochester, New York.

The mentioned Pine Island Glacier is the largest contributor of ice to the ocean of all the glaciers in West Antarctica. Every year the Pine Island Glacier loses 45 billion tons of ice which causes sea levels to increase in height for 1 millimeter every eight years. Which means that if the whole glacier melts, the global sea level would rise for around 0.5 meter, which would cause massive consequences.

 

The Pine Island Glacier is located in West Antarctica. It flows into Pine Island Bay, by the Amundsen Sea.

The location of the iceberg in the Pine Island Glacier; Credit: NASA

As we have already said, this is not the first time the great Glacier has broken. The last big break off happened in 2015 when the 582 square km iceberg broke off. Scientist and researchers think that this inside-out type of melting happens because of the human caused climate changes which are happening in the last few decades.

Of course, all the icebergs that break off from its original glacier lead to melting and eventually to the rise of the sea water level all around the world, which eventually has global and tremendous consequences for the humanity in whole. This is one of the most frightening things that has happened this year that has something to do with global warming and climate changes. A great number of scientists and biologists are doing their best to find the solution. There are many videos around the internet where’s visible what a great part of the glacier has broken off this time. You can keep reading our blog to find out more about this subject.