In recent years, Antarctica is melting faster than one could imagine. The melting rate has been speeding up significantly. Scientists have been issuing apocalyptic-level warnings over the issue, and recently a quick visualisation is doing rounds on the internet that will serve the viewers to understand the scale of a problem. This 50 second of data-based animation highlights just how much ice has broken off Antarctica over the last 40 years. The short video took over the internet, and it is freezingly disturbing! According to various media outlets, science animators Pixel Movers and Makers have put together the increasingly alarming clip showing iceberg movement from 1976 to 2017. UFO in Irish Skies? Pilots Report Seeing Mysterious Objects and Bright Lights, Investigations On!
The data used for the visualisation was collected from various sources and agencies. The massive size of Antarctica does not allow scientists to look for it all over the scale. It only became possible with the advent of satellite technology in the 1970s. Scientists have reported that large blocks of icebergs continue to break away from Antarctica which contributes to a rise in sea level. Can You Burp in Space? Not If You Want This Gross Thing to Happen.
Watch the video of the icebergs breaking off in Antarctica.
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Iceberg flux from Antarctica from 1976-2017.
Most icebergs travel counter-clockwise around Antarctica before travelling north through "Iceberg Alley" to the ACC.#Antarctica #iceberg #glacier #IcebergAlley @kevpluck @MarloWordyBird pic.twitter.com/MTY0jZMSxv
— Pixel Movers & Makers (@PixelMnM) November 11, 2018
The above video, as reported by the Science Alert, highlights the collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002 and the journey of B-15 with a surface area of about 11,000 square kilometres. It is the biggest recorded iceberg in history. Marlo Garnsworthy, one of the founders of Pixel Movers and Makes told Earther, “I was surprised (and yet not) to see an apparent uptick in iceberg flux in recent years. Certainly, the calving and breakup of B-15 and the collapse of Larsen B ice shelf in 2002 are pretty spectacular.” NASA Finds Perfectly Cut Rectangular and Pizza-Shaped Icebergs in Antarctica, View Pics.
It is worth mentioning that the Antarctic has shed about 3 trillion tons of ice since 1992. At present, the icebergs are at the mercy of the ocean winds and currents and will eventually melt and return to the oceans as water. For scientists, the race is to understand why and how Antarctica is losing ice and what can we do to control the rising temperatures in the region. The researchers hope that the visualisation will help to keep the changing face of the planet in people’s memory.