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The stability of a key Antarctic glacier appears to have taken a turn for the worse as a large iceberg that broke off during September has swiftly shattered. Meanwhile, scientists are concerned that the rate of sea level rise could further accelerate in a world forced to rapidly warm by human fossil fuel burning.

(Iceberg drifting away from the Pine Island Glacier rapidly shatters. Image source: European Space Agency.)

This week, a large iceberg that recently calved from West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier rapidly and unexpectedly disintegrated as it drifted away from the frozen continent. The iceberg, which covers 103 square miles, was predicted to drift out into the Southern Ocean before breaking up. But just a little more than two months after calving in September, the massive chunk of ice is already falling apart.

The break-off and disintegration of this large berg has caused Pine Island Glacier’s ice…

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4 thoughts on “Gigantic Iceberg Disintegrates as Concern Grows Over Glacier Stability, Sea Level Rise

  1. While I personally think we face rising sea waters, the big problem is it won’t happen overnight. In other words, the consequences of our actions today are not going to be evident for several years.

    Thus, the climate change naysayers will stand their ground and continue to convince others that it’s all just the earth’s cyclical changes and there’s nothing to worry about.

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