Well, exciting times for all!
An enormous rift in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew dramatically over the past month, and a chunk nearly the size of Delaware could break away as soon as later this winter, British scientists reported this week.
The crack in the ice shelf, known as Larsen C, has been growing at an accelerating rate. Since the beginning of December, it has grown about 11 miles in length, after extending 13 miles earlier in the year. In total, the rift has grown about 50 miles since 2011 (it’s almost 100 miles long in total), and has widened to well over 1,000 feet. Now, only 12 miles of ice continue to connect the chunk with the rest of the ice shelf.
When it breaks away, the loss would be of nearly 2,000 square miles of ice, say the researchers with Project MIDAS, a British government-funded collaboration based at Swansea and Aberystwyth universities in Wales. That’s larger than Rhode Island and almost as big as Delaware.
The consequences of the break could be dramatic.
Here’s what I want to know. Since that is a TRULY MASSIVE block of ice breaking away, how long will it take for the deniers to explain this one? A day? A week? They’re still claiming the ice is growing in the Antarctic. It would take CENTURIES for this amount of ice to re-accumulate in Antarctica. But how much does anyone want to bet that their false narrative isn’t going to change one iota? Any takers?
Meanwhile, we’ve got some serious sea level rise headed our way. That’s BIG iceberg, large enough to start your own small country. Maybe we could deport the idiotic deniers onto its surface, I’m sure they’d all fit. They could even jump up and down and if we’re lucky, they’d flip the thing over!