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Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:49 AM

Iceberg 4 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

Source: USA Today

A 103-square-mile chunk of ice has broken off Antarctica, the latest chunk of massive ice to leave the continent.

For comparison, Manhattan is 22.7 square miles— a quarter of the size.

The Washington Post reports the iceberg disconnected from Pine Island Glacier, a part of West Antarctica that already loses 45 billion tons of ice annually, contributing to sea level rises.

The break comes two months after a 2,200 square-mile piece of ice detached from Antarctica in July. At nearly the size of Delaware, the iceberg was one of the largest ever recorded. In 2014, a 255-square-mile iceberg also calved from Antarctica

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/26/iceberg-4-times-size-manhattan-breaks-off-antarctica/703578001/

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Reply Iceberg 4 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica (Original post)
NWCorona Sep 2017 OP
Sunlei Sep 2017 #1
TexasProgresive Sep 2017 #4
Sunlei Sep 2017 #6
TexasProgresive Sep 2017 #8
Sunlei Sep 2017 #10
PJMcK Sep 2017 #12
csziggy Sep 2017 #18
Achilleaze Sep 2017 #2
Botany Sep 2017 #3
TexasProgresive Sep 2017 #5
Botany Sep 2017 #7
TexasProgresive Sep 2017 #9
Botany Sep 2017 #11
rickford66 Sep 2017 #14
Mountain Mule Sep 2017 #13
Laffy Kat Sep 2017 #15
SummerSnow Sep 2017 #16
LudwigPastorius Sep 2017 #17

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:53 AM

1. wonder why they don't carefully bust that up into smaller pieces?scare off wildlife & set afew bangs

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:05 PM

4. Kind of like nuking an asteroid

The pieces can be as dangerous as the whole and then they are scattered over a wider field.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:10 PM

6. they can tow the pieces out where the polar bears can't find any bergs to rest and are drowning

or tow them for fresh water, even fly chunks places instead of 500 million dollar "threat" fly overs NKoreas head!

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:12 PM

8. This is Antarctica, only penguins no polar bears.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:19 PM

10. oh, good penguins should be happy with a floating island :) they shouldn't bust it up in that case!

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:37 PM

12. Totally impractical

First, it's early Spring in Antarctica. It's dark and cold and stormy.

Second, the icebergs are really big. Trying to tow them through some of the world's most dangerous waters is technically very complex.

Lastly, it would be prohibitively expensive.

Or was your comment meant in jest?

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 03:16 PM

18. Towing a giant iceberg for fresh water was the pilot for aTV show!

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:53 AM

2. republicans claim it was caused by Hilary's emails,

and had nothing to do with the fake climate change conspiracy cooked up by pointy headed libs and, um, the Chinese.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:05 PM

3. Only one reason

Benghazi

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:06 PM

5. Private server email traffic

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:12 PM

7. You mean like the private servers used by Ivanka, Jared, and others?

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141874618

*******
BTW we are now watching the end of our planet's being a host to people
over large sections of the globe.

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Response to Botany (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:13 PM

9. Yeah, them!

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 12:19 PM

11. I am sitting 2 miles from OSU's Polar Studies Institute where they have millions of ....

.... data points from ice cores that were gotten from all over the world and some go back
400,000 + years and still republican politicians, dumb fucks, and pastors deign the reality
of science.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/science/earth/lonnie-thompson-climate-scientist-battles-time.html?mcubz=1

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Response to Botany (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 01:44 PM

14. I saw the drilling for some of those cores in 1969 at Byrd Station.

Had some 2,000 year-old ice in my rum and coke in the EM club. No data was ruined. There were damaged discarded cores. Meanwhile cracks appeared in the permanent ice shelf at McMurdo. Today GOOGLE Earth shows open water in the Summer where we drove and landing strips were maintained.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 01:14 PM

13. It broke off because NFL football players were "disrespecting the flag"

Has nothing to do with Puerto Rico. Where IS Puerto Rico, anyhow?

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Response to Mountain Mule (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 01:46 PM

15. It's just a matter of time before some RWNJ,

Will blame it on the gays.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 01:58 PM

16. if it's that big, can the whole Trump family move on it?

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 03:08 PM

17. Trump, the GOP, and the MAGAts:

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