Antarctica just lost another outrageous piece of ice. The ice pennyless off of Pine Island Glacier, which is the fastest melting glacier on the continent.
Scientists first saw a vast difference in the glacier’s core last March. Six months later, one of the scientists tweeted that the difference had grown, causing a hulk cube 4 times the distance of Manhattan to mangle off.
Since the ice cube was partial of a glacier, it will not lift sea levels. However, scientists contend there’s a bigger story here.
There’s something surprising going on with Pine Island Glacier. It’s melting differently from other tools of Antarctica.
Instead of breaking detached from the sides, the glacier is combining cracks in its center. These executive cracks seem to form under the ice.
Scientists consider this surprising function is due to warmer sea waters. It could also be causing some-more rifts to form some-more often.
If this settlement continues, it could display ice on Antarctica that will lift sea levels. Scientists aren’t certain if or when this could happen.
In the meantime, there’s not much they can do solely watch the glacier mangle detached piece by piece.