The giant iceberg named D-28 had cracked off from the Amery ice shelf in East Antarctica and it is almost bigger than Los Angeles.
At a time when climate crisis is inevitably dawning upon us, one can't help but notice how we aren't doing enough to tackle what is of utmost importance in the current day and age.
A huge iceberg has broken off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Weighing 315 billion tonnes and spanning 1,636 sq km, it is a little smaller than the Isle of Skye in Scotland. https://t.co/et3ko5iUDy pic.twitter.com/PSeuwaGQPn— Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (@AntarcticaSouth) September 30, 2019
And now according to BBC, a 315 billion tonne iceberg named D-28, had cracked off from the Amery ice shelf in East Antarctica on Saturday. If you are wondering how big 315 billion tonnes is, well, it is almost the size of London or roughly the size of Sydney.
The scientists had been monitoring the ice shelf’s “Loose Tooth”, a precariously attached area of ice, for over 20 years. They said that what happened was a natural process and it was a calving event that was bound to happen.
A gigantic iceberg has calved from the Amery Ice Shelf in East #Antarctica. The tabular iceberg, named D-28, is 1636 square km in size, or about 50 x 30 km - about the size of urban Sydney. https://t.co/rCL2g1qe9V— antarctica.gov.au (@AusAntarctic) September 30, 2019
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"It is the molar compared to a baby tooth," Prof Helen Fricker from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography told BBC News.
"I am excited to see this calving event after all these years. We knew it would happen eventually, but just to keep us all on our toes, it is not exactly where we expected it to be. While there is much to be concerned about in Antarctica, there is no cause for alarm yet for this particular ice shelf," Prof Fricker added.
When the snow falls on the continent, there is a gain in mass and it slowly heads towards the shore. However, this cannot be construed as the same that happens in the west of the continent and Greenland, which are rapidly warming due to climate crisis.
"Ice shelves have to lose mass because they gain mass. They want to stay the same size," said Fricker. "It's really important that the public doesn't get confused and think that this is climate change," Prof Fricker said.
She recalled the time when an iceberg broke off Antarctica two years ago. "It's a fine line because we definitely don't want people to think that climate change isn't happening," she added.
Researchers have claimed that although the breakaway iceberg is massive in size, it will not have any significant impact on sea levels.
Meanwhile, Iceland was on the receiving end of what could happen if we don't tackle climate change soon. The Nordic island nation marked its first-ever loss of a glacier all because of climate change. And it gets worse -- scientists have claimed that this might be the beginning and there could be hundreds of other ice sheets that could face the same fate.
Okjökull, a once-iconic Iceland glacier that was declared dead in 2014pic.twitter.com/B6QtYJdmy5— Alfons López Tena #FBPE (@alfonslopeztena) August 14, 2019
It all happened at Okjökull glacier which lost its glacier status in 2014 and now, people have mounted a bronze plaque on a bare rock in what is now being called a funeral ceremony. It was unveiled in July and includes text in both Icelandic and English. This plaque is said to be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world.
“The symbolic death of a glacier is a warning to us, and we need action,” former Irish president Mary Robinson was quoted as saying by Independent. “I hope this ceremony will be an inspiration not only to us here in Iceland but also for the rest of the world because what we are seeing here is just one face of the climate crisis,” Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said.