Enormous Fucking Crack In Antarctic Ice About to Spawn Iceberg the Size of New York Up In Here
by Richard A. Lovett
With a gargantuan crack slowly splitting it apart, Antarctica’s fastest-melting glacier is about to lose a chunk of ice larger than all of New York City, scientists say. The crevasse stretches 19 miles (30 km) long and up to 260 ft (80 m) wide, as shown in a picture taken by NASA’s Terra satellite in October and featured this week as a NASA Image of the Day.?
Snaking across the floating tongue of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, the crack is expected to create an iceberg 350 square miles (907 sq km)?versus 303 sq mi (785 sq km) for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx combined, according to NASA.
As for when the iceberg might shove off, “that is very difficult to predict,” said oceanographer Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “but in the coming months for sure.”
When “that point of rifting starts to climb upstream, generally you see some acceleration of the glacier.” That means that the ice will flow into the ocean at a faster rate, contributing even more to sea level rise…
(read more: National Geographic)?? (image: NASA/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS)