NASA has come up with some of the disturbing images from the Antarctica. The American space research institute has come up with images showing huge openings in the Antarctic ice-shelf, extending over an area of 300 feet. The images are raising concerns among the scientists, as the crack is getting longer, wider and deeper with the passing days.
Pictures Released By NASA Seems To Be Largest Ice Shelf Collapse Since 2002
In a press release issued by NASA, the organisation has claimed that although the crack is through the ice shelf, but it is yet not across it. Once this happens, an iceberg, which is nearly the entire size of the state of Delaware, a small Mid-Atlantic U.S. state, will be produced. The pictures of the crack are available on twitter, clearly showing the rift.
However, this is not the very first time that the Antarctica has seen icebergs collapse. In the recent past, Larsen-B, ice shelf had collapsed in Antarctica. The incident had recorded a massive 1,235 square miles degrade into thousands of icebergs in a small of just 35 days! This clearly shows the level of global warming that the world is facing these days.
A reason for concern for the people now, is what would happen to these icebergs? Well, it is most likely that the icebergs will not fall off anytime soon. The rifts will get deeper until the iceberg is cut off. However, once this happens, there will be a major chunk of the ice, roughly about the area of Scotland which might have a chance of breaking down. However, they won’t melt all of a sudden. It will take them years to melt and merge with the oceans and seas to increase the water level. While all the years, before it melts completely, it will be a lock for land-based ice.
Whenever this iceberg falls off, it will be the largest calving event of ice ever since 2002. In the year 2002, the Larsen-B had collapsed. According to the scientists, the major reason for the breakdowns is the increase in the air and water temperatures. This surely has long-term as well as short-term ill-effects on mankind as a whole.