Iceberg Twice The Size of London Split From Antartic, Adrift in Weddell Sea
New Delhi, September 18: An iceberg twice the size of London has split from Antarctica and is floating in a directionless manner, a report claimed. The iceberg dubbed as ‘A68’ split from Larsen C ice shelf and is adrift in the Weddell Sea- revealed satellite images.
As per the predictions, the iceberg is likely to swift away by the current and would pass the South Sandwich Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Before it gets sucked into swirling currents, it is believed that it might break into pieces. After that it is bound to break down into the warmer waters.
This is the third iceberg to split from Antarctica in over two decades and scientists are in a fear that it might break completely in few years.
In the opinion of experts, climate change cannot be blamed for the ice berg split, however, iceberg might face melting threat due to warm temperatures at the ocean, reported The Independent.
From space the images of A68 are being monitored by Stef Lhermitte, a researcher at Delft University of Technology in Holland. He said that iceberg had moved in the past three days.
“After some initial back-and-forth movement, LarsenC ‘s iceberg #A68 continues to drift,” tweeted Lhermitte.
Antarctic scientist Adrian Luckman, of Swansea University was quoted by The Washington Post saying the progress of the iceberg is very difficult to predict. He further added that as per the current scenario it might break into fragments but some of the ice might remain in the area for many years.