From the antarctic platform has just detached the largest iceberg in the world. Called A-76 by scientists, it is a giant of 4,320 square kilometers, equal to the extension of the entire molysses (or little larger than the island of majorca, to oate the comparison of its discoverers.) The monstrous iceberg has been deceived on the western side of the platform of rocky ice, which stands in the icy sea of weddell.
Fortunately, it will not contribute to the rising of the sea level, as it already floated on the water. As underlined by the scientists of the esa earth observation, A-76 ripped the world’s largest iceberg primacy in A-23A, which occupies an area of 3,880 square kilometers. Is about four times larger than the iceberg A-74 (1.270 square kilometers) which has detached from the brunt ice platform at the beginning of the year.
It was in fact a natural phenomenon that falls within the cycles of these colossal platforms of the antarctica. The main message is that it is part of a natural cycle,” said Dr. alex brisbourne, glaciologist at the british antarctic survey. As stated by Dr. Mark Drinkwater of the esa, his training is in fact “an evolution of the ice platform he was part of”.
“It is big enough to influence the ocean and the salinity of the ocean. Depending on the trajectory, it could be as significant as the A-68a”, said Dr. Brisbourne, referring to the colossal iceberg that has created several problems in recent years.