BREAKING: 16 MILE iceberg snaps off Antarctica < Updated

30 04 2015

16 MILE iceberg snaps off Antarctica: NASA warn of MAJOR threat to oceans and weather

The iceberg, known as B-34, broke from the Getz Ice Shelf and headed out to sea earlier in the year.
The potential environmental catastrophe was captured by NASA satellite cameras over head.
The massive moving island now poses a major and immediate threat to shipping.
However scientists believe the real threat will be when the iceberg melts – unloading thousands of millions of gallons of ice-cold fresh water into the saline ocean.
The extra-cold fresh water is known to impact ocean currents, which in turn play havoc with the earth’s weather patterns.

ALSO – Warming Climate May Release Massive Carbon Storehouse from Arctic Soils

 ” . . . permafrost had not been a threat to our climate. That’s because it was frozen year-round, and didn’t undergo decomposition by bacteria the way organic material does in a warmer climate. Just like food in a home freezer, it had been safe from the bacteria that would otherwise cause it to decay and be converted to CO2.”

UPDATE, May 23

Antarctica region once thought stable suddenly ‘thawing fast’

” . . . The ice loss in the region is so large that it causes small changes in the gravity field of the Earth, which can be detected by another satellite mission, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).”

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