Antarctic Iceberg Is 6 Times Size of Manhattan
Could pose shipping problems in Antarctic winter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Last year, a huge chunk of ice broke off of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica—and an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan was born. Dubbed B31, the iceberg "is now well out of Pine Island Bay and will soon join the more general flow in the Southern Ocean," says an expert in a NASA report. It could pose problems for shipping routes, CNN reports, particularly as Antarctic winter darkness makes it harder for researchers to keep tabs on it.

NASA has been tracking the iceberg for five months, io9 reports. "It has been surprising how there have been periods of almost no motion, interspersed with rapid flow," the researcher says. Some 20 miles long, 12 miles wide, and perhaps a third of a mile thick, it will probably stick around for at least a year before melting or breaking up, another expert notes.

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Apr 23, 2014 3:02 PM CDT
And so it begins........As the polar caps melt the oceans will cool at first causing droughts and cold winters, but this is short lived and when enough of the ice has melted and then the waters warmed, a critical mass will be met. The tides will come in aggressively month by month and the winters will warm bringing a no freeze winter that will cause disease and sickness throughout the land, crops will fail and the starvation will begin. I predict a very dry summer for the U.S. with dust, dry heat, and terrible pollution and almost unbearable cloudless skies with the sun burning down at us like nothing you've felt before. Even the lush great lakes states will feel the crunch of the grass under their feet. Burn SoCal burn, the flat roof mid century villas on the hill sides will suffer and there will be no stopping the fire tornados. Day and night the fires will burn for months and months. The factories, cars and coal burners have been running day and night all over the world for 100 years..........We have effect our planet in a really big way.........Oh' did I mention massive deforestation on a global scale..?
Apr 23, 2014 2:39 PM CDT
Oh my! Oh my! Is the sky falling?
Apr 23, 2014 2:01 PM CDT
What is with the sad, dreary music in the video ? The background music should have been the theme music from the movie "Ice Station Zebra".