The scientists have found a giant crack in Antarctica which is further expanding at a great pace. With its current pace, the crack would take just a few months to completely split from the main continent, forming the largest iceberg that has ever been recorded in the history.
It is a matter of great concern that the rift is already more than 100 miles in length and has grown by 6 miles during the last month itself. A mere 20 miles of the portion is left for the rift to reach the other corner, which, once reached, will bring out the largest chunk ever documented. The cracked portion is putting a lot of pressure on the 20-mile area, so it is expected to break soon. A research team named Project Midas is observing the rift since 2014.
While it is being seen as a result of climate change, the scientists say it to be a natural geographical process. Martin O’Leary, research officer at Swansea University and a member of Project MIDAS said that it is a natural process and happens once in many decades. He mentioned that Larsen A broke off in 1995 and Larsen B spread over 3,200 square kilometers and 220 thick split in 2002.
The focus of the scientists has now shifted towards the implications of this break-off. It has also been said by the scientists that the global sea level might not be affected by the Larsen C, but the other vulnerable ice shelves can, if they collapse.
Ice shelves are important as they provide a structural support to the glaciers that rest on the land. One the Larsen C breaks off, it will drive other glaciers on the land towards the ocean. The iceberg is being seen as a warning and there might be many more vulnerable ice chunks on the continent.