The Amery , which is the third largest ice block in Antarctica, has broken off. The breakage just comes after looming and dangerous changes in climate.
For years, the iceberg, larger than the Scotland’s Isle of Syke, has been under close observation as it posses many dangers to both shipping and the surrounding environment.
The Amery ice shelf is an estimated 1,636 sq km (632 sq miles) in area and has curved about 9000 sq km (3475 sq miles ) since the 1960’s. It also forms an essential drainage channel for Antarctica.
It forms an extension of the many glaciers that flow from the land into the surrounding waters. The constant satellite monitoring has earned the curve the term “loose tooth” due to its wobbly attachment.
However, the breakage of D28 section has no come as a shock to scientists and other observers. According to reports by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the breakage was expected but it was mainly a matter of when , not how it would break.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography also spells some good news as the breakage may not be a direct influence of climate change. However, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography recognizes the melting of ice in the surrounding areas.
Furthermore, in early 2019, scientists have identified another ice shelf. The Ross Ice Shelf, which is as big as France, is under siege as it is melting 10 times more faster than it is expected to do naturally.
Researchers from Cambridge University have determined that the heating up of surface water by the sun is causing the unexpected melting.