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Thu Nov 5, 2020, 08:49 PM

CNN: An iceberg 80 times the size of Manhattan could destroy a fragile South Atlantic ecosystem

An iceberg 80 times the size of Manhattan could destroy a fragile South Atlantic ecosystemBy Kara Fox, CNN
Updated 4:49 PM ET, Wed November 4, 2020


(CNN)One of the world's largest icebergs is on a collision course with a South Atlantic island oasis, potentially threatening a rich ecosystem of wildlife including penguins, seals and krill.

The "A68a" iceberg, which broke off from Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf in July 2017, is currently cruising through open waters just a few hundred kilometers away from the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

If the 4,700 square kilometer (1,815 square mile) mass -- greater than South Georgia itself -- stays on its current path and reaches the island's shores, scientists fear it could have a devastating effect on its wildlife populations for years to come.

Professor Geraint Tarling, Senior Biological Oceanographer at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), told CNN that the iceberg could block seals and penguins from being able to access their normal feeding grounds at a time of year that is crucial for the colonies' growth.

Read more @https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/04/americas/worlds-biggest-iceberg-a68a-intl/index.html


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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 09:19 PM

1. Why can't they blow it up? n/t

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 09:26 PM

2. My guess would be that it would have the same impact in pieces

It needs to be redirected

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Original post)

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 09:30 PM

3. You'd need a nuke to do that

1800 square miles is 43 miles on each side. It could be a mile deep!

The size is immense.

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