Eventually, the largest iceberg in the world melted and became a social media star, and was called A68. It covers an area of about 6000 square kilometers (greater than or equal to Liguria) and weighs nearly 1 billion tons. It broke away from Antarctica in 2017. People are also worried that it will touch the British territory of South Georgia, which will have major consequences for the fauna.
The biggest iceberg in the world melted. As we all know, A68 occupies nearly 6000 square kilometers when it left Antarctica in 2017; it is actually the size of a small country or region (Palestine or Liguria, just an idea). According to the National Ice Center, it has now broken into thousands of small pieces that are no longer worth monitoring. In July at the age of 4, the members of the MIDAS project (the NASA-funded ice shelf monitoring project) announced their separation from the Larsen C platform. However, the iceberg became famous only after a year of little movement, and it has begun to grow bigger and bigger. Moving northward at the speed of, riding on violent ocean currents and strong winds. Then, this billion-ton block went through a familiar process, rotating in the South Atlantic towards the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. South Georgia is the small island where many of the biggest icebergs died.
A68 must fall apart
But A68 managed to escape this special fate. Eventually, the tide, warm water and higher temperatures in the Atlantic consumed it. It just shattered into smaller and smaller pieces. Adrian Luckman of Swansea University told BBC News: “It’s amazing that A68 lasted so long.” “If you consider the thickness ratio, it’s like four sheets of A4 stacked on top of each other. Put it. When it moved in the ocean, its flexibility and brittleness were incredible. It lasted for several years. But in the end it was divided into four layers and about five pieces, and then those were broken.”
A68 is likely to be remembered as the first iceberg to become a social media star. People all over the world share satellite images online, especially when the blockade is approaching South Georgia. Experts worry that after arriving on the island, this will prevent penguins from foraging on the coast. British Antarctic Survey (BAS) map expert Laura Gerrish said: “A68 has attracted the attention of many people. “We have seen every small twist and movement. We were able to track his progress through daily satellite images, reaching details that we could not really do before. “