The Larsen C ice shelf, where a UK research station stands, has been severely damaged by a crack in the ice that measures 70 miles. This natural phenomenon took place on 10th November 2016. Scientists from NASA’s IceBridge mission took a snap of the colossal rift that clearly shows the large impact the crack had on the ice shelf.
Nasa stated that the fracture measures 300 feet wide and that it reached a depth of around a third of a mile. Even though the dimensions are scary, the crack was still not powerful enough to cut through ice entirely. If this were to happen, it will create a gigantic iceberg that would be the size of Delaware state. This means somewhere around 2,491 square miles. For now, the ice shelf has remained attached to its main shelf.
Nasa did not reveal the reason behind this natural phenomenon. However, recent studies show a connection between this type of natural havocs and the rise of ocean temperatures. This is why this 70 miles crack seems to be a direct consequence of global warming. Greenhouse gasses have started to accumulate to such an extent, that the Earth’s average surface temperature is obliged to increase. This change in temperatures seems to take a huge toll on Antarctica that needs a cold season to preserve its specific environment.
On that ice shelf was a research station from the UK. It has the mission to collect data on climate changes, space, weather, and ozone measurements. This week, the Halley VI Research Station will have to move its premises to another place as it is in danger of collapsing into the sea. Its mission is too important for the whole world, so there is no doubt that it should be saved at all costs.
The Halley VI Research Station was the one that discovered in 1985 the Antarctic Ozone Hole. The researchers from here continue to play a crucial role in global studies of the issues that can affect the entire world. The scientists will have to uncouple eight station modules and transport them safely to a new location with the use of large tractors. The relocation should be ready by next season.
All in all, this gigantic crack raises large concerns regarding global warming. It should be a sign for all of us to be more mindful about our Planet and practice responsible recycling.
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