An iceberg bigger than Delhi is different from Antarctica, scientists warn News

The largest iceberg in Antarctica, the 6,000-square-foot iceberg, is breaking and moving ocean toward South Georgia. The iceberg is so large that it is four times the size of the capital Delhi and seven times the size of New York City in the United States.

Mumbai, December 30: The largest iceberg in Antarctica is the 6,000-square-foot iceberg that is breaking through the ocean toward South Georgia. Scientists are concerned that if the glacier continues to move at the same rate, it could pose a threat to marine life as well as a major impact on the world’s climate.

The iceberg is so large that it is four times the size of the capital Delhi and seven times the size of New York City in the United States.

To snow in snow-covered areas, the occurrence of ice breaks is common, it happens frequently; But the isolation of Antarctica’s glaciers is also a result of climate change, many scientists believe. According to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), however, this is a natural phenomenon and has little to do with climate change.

The iceberg is moving forward with the waves of the ocean, and the storms in the sea are breaking it into small pieces. Scientists have dubbed the original 6,000-square-foot glacier in Antarctica the A-68, and the two-and-a-half-thousand-square-foot piece separated from it, twice the size of Delhi, has been dubbed the A68a. If this glacier stops at a shallow place, it is bound to destroy the aquatic life there. Scientists say that if the iceberg stops near an island, the animals and plants will be destroyed.

Animals like penguins and seals go so far in the sea in search of food, they will miss the glacier and will not be able to return to their original place. Scientists have expressed concern that the lack of food could lead to the death of these animals. Also, the melting of these glaciers threatens to raise the sea level of the world by at least ten centimeters.

Small pieces of this iceberg cannot be seen from above as they go down into the sea, so ships traveling by sea can also have accidents. There have been several incidents of ships getting submerged due to hitting the iceberg. Hence the saying ‘Tip of the Iceberg’.

This development will affect India as well as other countries. Many islands in Andaman and Nicobar could be submerged due to rising sea levels. The Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal could also be destroyed. Of course, this is a very long process.

While warning of these side effects, scientists have also noted a positive effect. That is, the glacier will be accompanied by soil, dust, which will convert into food the small animals and plants known as plankton that float with the waves of the sea. This process will absorb carbon dioxide (Co2) from the atmosphere, which will help reduce air pollution, the scientists said.

First published:December 30, 2020, 6:19 PM IST

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