Seattle, May 5: Every day is passing and we are moving towards an unsafe world. Every day we get to know that global warming is destroying our natural resources but still are we aware of the danger? The icebergs in the Antarctica are melting soon. This is the time to fight against global warming.
A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a project partner with UK-based monitoring group Project Midas, Dan McGrath recently stated the present condition of icebergs in Antarctica. There is a new crack that has the potential to destabilize one of the largest ice shelves in the Antarctic.
The new split, which has been spotted, is moving toward the ocean edge of the ice-shelf. The crack is now growing faster than expected. "It’s taking basically a sharp hook toward the calving front," said McGrath.
The new crack is located on the Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica. The crack has developed from a breakage that came to notice in 2014. The old crack suddenly started increasing rapidly at a rate of about 3 feet (1 meter) per day. After the formation of a new crack, the old one is growing at a better rate. This summer may see the total separation of the iceberg.
Such a large mass of ice is melting that the total region is at risk now. “You look at these rifts and think they're moving really quite slowly. But when they go, they must go very quickly. People have said they could travel at anything up to the speed of sound. It would be amazing to be on the shelf to hear it," Prof Adrian Luckman from Swansea University told to BBC news.