NASA issues chilling warning about imminent collapse of glacier double the size of New York City
By STORM GIFFORDNEW YORK DAILY NEWSFEB 20, 2019 | 8:40 PM
An enormous glacier double the size of New York City is about to make a break for it.
NASA has issued a grave warning that a monster chunk of the Antarctic Brunt Ice Shelf is dangerously close to snapping off from Antarctica.
Massive cracks will release a mammoth iceberg into the Atlantic Ocean. The frightening report comes amid recent NASA satellite imagery that has been charting the increasing cracks, which were first observed in 2016, reported The Express.
“Cracks growing across Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf are poised to release an iceberg with an area about twice the size of New York City,” said NASA, before adding, “It is not yet clear how the remaining ice shelf will respond following the break, posing an uncertain future for scientific infrastructure and a human presence on the shelf that was first established in 1955.”
Scientists are unsure just how damaging the breakoff will have on the rest of the ice shelf, but it could be devastating to the continent’s research stations and scientists.[More] Fat rat with ‘winter flab’ sparks large rescue effort after getting stuck inside manhole cover in Germany »
The British Antarctic Survey, which discovered the hole in the ozone layer in 1985, is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf.
NASA released satellite images that show massive cracks running across the shelf.
In 2016, scientists observed one of the most troubling fissures, dubbed “Halloween Crack,” which is sliding eastward and increasing the amount of ice likely to fracture.
“This rocky formation impedes the flow of ice and causes pressure waves, crevasses and rifts to form at the surface,” said NASA.