Antarctica Iceberg Could Have ‘Dire Consequences’


The Young Turks

Published on Jul 8, 2017

The Larsen C ice shelf is about to split from Antarctica. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Francesca Fiorentini, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you what the consequences will be. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://tytnetwork.com/join/

“One of the world’s biggest icebergs ever recorded is “hours, days, or weeks” away from breaking off an Antarctic ice shelf, scientists announced Wednesday.

“In another sign that the iceberg calving is imminent, the soon-to-be-iceberg part of Larsen C Ice Shelf has tripled in speed to more than 10 meters per day between June 24th and June 27th,” said Adrian Luckman of Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic research project that’s keeping watch on the ever-growing crack.

“The iceberg remains attached to the ice shelf, but its outer end is moving at the highest speed ever recorded on this ice shelf. We still can’t tell when calving will occur — it could be hours, days or weeks,” he added.

Once the iceberg breaks off, it “will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula,” he said.”

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