• 4 minutes China 2019 - Orwell was 35 years out
  • 7 minutes Wonders of US Shale: US Shale Benefits: The U.S. leads global petroleum and natural gas production with record growth in 2018
  • 11 minutes Trump will capitulate on the trade war
  • 14 minutes Glory to Hong Kong
  • 2 hours The power of propaganda has no boundaries: Which country has larger territory US od China
  • 55 mins Freedom of Speech for Dummies
  • 4 hours Iranian Oil Tanker struck by missiles off Jeddah
  • 1 hour South Korea Unveils Fighter Jet Mock-Up Amid Program Challenges
  • 16 hours Support Held. Back in UGAZ
  • 17 mins Crazy Stories From Round The World
  • 4 hours Any difference btw Hunter Biden on BOD of Ukraine Company vs. Qatar bailout of Kushner Real Estate 666 Fifth Ave ?
  • 3 hours Boring! See Ya Clowns, And Have Fun In Germany
  • 3 hours National Geographic Warns Billions Face Shortages Of Food And Clean Water Over Next 30 Years
  • 20 hours Total SA In Expansion: $600 million For India's Adani Gas
  • 21 hours China's Blueprint For Global Power
  • 3 hours How The US Quietly Lost The 1st Amendment

Breaking News:

Is This The End Of China’s Gas Boom?

Oil Prices Fall After Misleading Trade War Rumors

Oil Prices Fall After Misleading Trade War Rumors

Oil prices fell significantly on…

How Much Energy Would It Take To Travel Through Time?

How Much Energy Would It Take To Travel Through Time?

Time travel has always fascinated…

Iceberg the Size of Singapore Floats into Open Waters, Threatens Shipping

The Pine Island Glacier is the fastest melting glacier on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, receding by about 2.5 miles a year. This year a huge crack, first discovered in October 2011 finally broke, creating an iceberg that measures 278 square miles, making it roughly the same size as the country of Singapore, and eight times larger than the island of Manhattan.

The iceberg officially broke free of the ice sheet on the 8th of July this year, and after nearly six months floating in the bay where it was born, it is finally heading out to sea, where it could pose a serious threat to ships and tanker if it crosses international shipping lanes.

huge crack discovered in 2011
The huge crack discovered in 2011 which eventually created the mega iceberg.

Grant Bigg, and ocean modeller at the University of Sheffield, said that strong winds blowing off Antarctica have helped to push the giant away from land after warmer weather and water in the Southern Hemisphere worked to melt the winter ice sheet that had been helping to hold it in place since July. Now satellite images are showing a couple of miles of open water between the iceberg and its parent glacier.

Related article: The Battle Against Climate Change: Does the World Need Saving?

Icebergs that break off from West Antarctica often stick close to the coast, but occasionally they can find their way into open waters, close to South America’s Cape Horn, posing a problem for shipping companies.

Bigg has said that he and his colleagues will try to draw up models to predict the movement of the iceberg up to a year in advance, including any smaller bergs that break off in time. This will be vital to help the shipping industry plan their routes and reduce the chance of any collisions.

Bigg explained that “each of the last three years has seen a giant iceberg calve, from either Greenland or Antarctica. Being able to track and forecast the tracks of these huge blocks of ice will be a major benefit to the shipping industry, particularly as more ships begin to use polar waters, as Arctic sea ice melts. This ability is what we aim to develop.”

Whilst people might assume that global warming is responsible for the formation of this mega iceberg, Emily Deemer wrote an article for Good Nature, stating that the real culprit is actually a change in wind direction which is pushing warm water under the ice shelf and causing it to melt.

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play