Iceberg FIVE times the size of Malta breaks down glacier in Antarctica – the largest in 50 years – but experts don't blame climate change
- Iceberg, classified as D28, is 631 square miles in the area and 688 feet thick
- Nickname, Loose Tooth, recently demolished the Amery ice shelf in Antarctica
- Scientists expected this event to take place between 2010 and 2015
- Said the event is not related to climate change
An iceberg five times the size of Malta has broken down Antarctica.
The D28 iceberg was captured by the Earth Observation Program of the European Union, descending from the American ice shelf.
Known as & # 39; loose tooth & # 39 ;, this iceberg is 688 feet thick and contains 347 billion tons of ice. Scientists are not linking this event to climate change, but are concerned about ships traveling on its way.
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An iceberg five times the size of Malta has broken down Antarctica. The D28 iceberg was captured by the Earth Observation Program of the European Union, descending from the American ice shelf
Although some may point to climate change as the cause of the divorce, Scripps and her team say that this event is not linked to it.
Scientists have said that this is a natural event and this is how & # 39; ice flows maintain balance, balancing snow imports upstream & # 39; BBC NEWS.
WHAT IS A CALMING EVENT?
The caving of glaciers is a natural phenomenon caused by the forward movement of a glacier that makes its end unstable.
During calving, part of the end of a glacier falls off, often forming an iceberg.
The caving of glaciers is often accompanied by a loud cracking or thumping sound before blocks of ice up to 60 meters high come loose and collide with the water.
The penetration of this ice into the water can cause large and dangerous waves.
Amery is the third largest ice plateau in Antarctica and extends across the interior from the Prydz and MacKenzei bays – both feed on the Indian Ocean.
The & # 39; caving & # 39 ;, or breaking away, of an enormous iceberg from the Amery Glacier has not happened since the early 1960s – a piece of ice covering an area of 3474 square miles, according to BBC news.
D28 was only 631 square miles, which is slightly smaller than the Isle of Skye in Scotland, but still poses a threat to ships sailing in its path.
However, scientists expected this loose tooth to break off.
Professor Helen Fricker of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography had already predicted this event in 2002 – suggesting that it would fall somewhere between 2010 and 2015.
& # 39; It is the tooth compared to a baby tooth, & # 39; Professor Fricker told BBC News.
& # 39; I am excited to see this calving after all those years. We knew it would happen in the end, but just to keep our focus, it is not exactly what we expected. & # 39;
Although some may point to climate change as the cause of the divorce, Scripps and her team say that this event is not linked to it. Scientists have said that this is a natural event and this is how & # 39; ice flows maintain balance and balance snow imports upstream & # 39;
The & # 39; calving & # 39; or breaking away a massive iceberg from the Amery Glacier has not happened since the early 1960s
& # 39; Although there is much to worry about in Antarctica, there is still no cause for concern for this specific ice shelf & # 39 ;, Prof. Fricker added.
The Australian Antarctic Division will, however, keep an eye on Amery to see if it reacts at all.
However, it is possible that the voltage of the geometry is at the front of D28.
This can influence the behavior of how the iceberg creaks and its stability.
The & # 39; D28 & # 39; label is derived from a classification system and letters are assigned to icebergs, depending on location.
The D-quadrant covers the lengths 90 degrees East to zero degrees, the Prime Meridian.
D28 is overshadowed by the mighty A68 mountain, which was detached from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017.
It currently covers an area that is more than three times larger.
Currents and winds near the coast will take the D28 to the west. It will probably take several years for it to fall apart and melt completely.
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