It’s only ten kilometers to the gap on the Antarctic ice sheet to separate and create a giant iceberg, which will be 300 times larger than the sinking of the Titanic.
This slit is now 180 kilometers long and there is already much threat to release a giant iceberg from the Larsen C ice shelf. It is only 10 kilometers that prevent the ice block in eastern Antarctica from breaking. The latest captured images show a significant and growing bifurcation, thus scaring the scientific class.
Since February this year, the length of this crevice on the Larsen C ice shelf had not grown, but now the danger is back to the fork that emerged at one end of the fissure. This one already has a size of about 10 kilometers and are missing another 10 to reach until the end of the opening.
All data collected by the Midas Project scientists from the Universities of Swansea and Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, and the British Antarctic Research Institute leave no doubt. Sooner or later this slit will result in the separation of the ice block which in turn will turn into an iceberg that can reach a size of up to 300 more height and width than what sank the known Titanic.
In January 2017, this fissure was still 20 kilometers away, the separation now seems increasingly imminent and is even advancing at an accelerated pace and much higher than expected by the scientific community.
The images are satellite, since winter does not allow observation with the naked eye and these reveal a ‘snake tongue’. Scientists also believe that this new opening happened due to the fact that the original crack had hit softer ice, which then transferred the pressure to another zone of the iceberg. The researchers do not blame climate change, and even argue that it is a geological phenomenon. This justification is due to the frequent fall of these blocks of ice, these are the result of the internal movements of the planet Earth.
Nevertheless, global warming will also take its share of the blame on the speed this process is taking.
This appearance does not stop worrying the scientific class because the risk of this structure to separate, can interfere in the configuration of the Antarctic landscape. The researchers also point out that the instability of this melting can be aggravated by another recent study, that of the hot wind that is felt on the Peninsula.
The risk of collapse is not a single case, studies show that only in the last decade, platforms Larsen A in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002 also followed the same path, their disintegration resulted in the increase of the average water level from the sea.