Once again, global warming reaches headlines with recent news from Greenland reporting a large chunk of ice has broken off the north polar ice caps. While Greenpeace activists claim this to be our own man made global warming’s fault, many scientists are urging people not to panic, saying a break like this, besides its size, is a normal occurrence happening on a regular basis in the Arctic.
Still, no one can deny that today, after the big break, Greenland’s Petermann glacier is the smallest it has been since 1962. As sea levels continue to rise and ice sheets advance in the Arctic, it is becoming more and more difficult to claim man made global warming is a myth.
Ice sheets, or icebergs, common in the south or north poles on the globe, are large masses of glacier ice covering the surface of the earth. Once ice sheets lose mass due to global warming, giant chunks of ice begin floating in the sea. The term, “tip of the iceberg”, was coined to describe the fact that the greater mass of the iceberg is submerged and only a small portion of it is showing above sea level. This might also explain how the crew aboard the Titanic managed to miss one…
The B15 iceberg
The B15 iceberg is noted as being one of the largest icebergs to date. Breaking off from ice shelves in Antarctica on March 2000, it was reported to be larger in size than Jamaica. The iceberg broke into chunks in 200, 2002 and 2003. The largest chunk that broke of it is B15-A, which drifted away into the open sea, 70 Km away from the Drygalski ice tongue, blocking supply routes to Antarctica and causing penguin colonies to starve.
Monitoring Ice Breakages
Founded in 1914, after the Titanic tragedy, The International Ice Patrol monitors ice breakages, tracking the glacier chunks and making sure that further tragedies are avoided as much as possible. As technology progresses, this type of surveillance becomes easier. Yet, as climate changes become chronic, ice breaks, along with rising sea levels, are evolving into an environmental hazard. Fingers are pointed at global warming and greenhouse gasses emitted from industrial plants, cars and other man made menaces.
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