An iceberg the size of London has crashed into the Antarctic

An iceberg the size of London has crashed into the Antarctic
An iceberg the size of London has crashed into the Antarctic

A giant iceberg roughly the size of Greater London has broken away from the South Pole, near the British research station Halley, according to the British (). Sensors based on the surface of the Brent Ice Shelf confirmed this separation late Sunday, according to GMT. Currently, the “Haley” station includes 21 employees, who are responsible for the maintenance of the base and the operation of scientific equipment. Until this moment, there is no threat to the safety of the workers at the station, and they are scheduled to continue working until the end of their mission at the beginning of next month. For its part, the British Antarctic Survey operates the station. The figures indicate that the Hali station is located 20 kilometers from the rupture line.
The British Antarctic Survey has a set of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices within the region that transmit information about the movements of ice masses to the headquarters of the body in Cambridge. Officials will review the satellite images as they become available. Officials are scrambling to make sure there are no unexpectedly unstable conditions inside the remaining portion of the ice shelf platform that holds Halley station.
An ice block of a similar size, known as “A74”, located to the east, broke off in February 2021. At that time, it was believed that its separation might mark the beginning of the separation of a larger block, but such events remain difficult to predict. with a high level of confidence.
On the Brent Ice Shelf, a floating outcrop of glaciers that flowed from Antarctica into the Weddell Sea. On the map, the Wadel Sea appears as that section of Antarctica that lies just south of the Atlantic Ocean. Brent Cliff is located on the eastern side of the sea. As with all ice shelves, glaciers fall periodically. The last massive glacier that fell off the Brent Shelf was in 1971.
Scientists are constantly monitoring any major cracks that occur in Brent, and they noticed a specific cleavage – called “Kazem One” – that began to open again after a state of dormancy for decades, which today caused the separation of a block of ice with a thickness of approximately 150-200 meters.

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