Antarctica

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

After several months of widening of the rift, one of the largest ever recorded icebergs has finally broken away from Antarctica, scientists announced on Wednesday.

Scientists who have been monitoring the widening rift in the West Antarctic ice shelf for the last many years said that the calving of the 5,800 sq. km. iceberg has left the Larsen C Ice Shelf with 12 percent decline in area.

The iceberg in question is one of the largest recorded and its progress in the near future remains difficult to predict.

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

After recently spotting a new crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have warned that it is only a matter of time before an enormous chunk containing up to two thousand square miles of ice breaks away.

Scientists involved in the Project Midas, an Antarctic research project based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, spotted the new crack in satellite images on 1st of May.
The new spotted crack is the second branch in the already large rift, which is advancing in the direction of the ice front.

NASA Shares Image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf with Massive Fracture

NASA Shares Image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf with Massive Fracture

NASA has shared an image of Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf showcasing a massive fracture in the ice shelf. The facture is nearly 70 miles long and 1,700 feet deep. The rift is as wide as a football field. Researchers have warned that the rift is growing and this could be an alarming sign of what could happen next. Ice shelves generally shed some of their regions but this one could be massive and it will have a major impact on the region.

Project for Largest Marine Protected Area in the Antarctica supported by CCAMLR

Project for Largest Marine Protected Area in the Antarctica supported by CCAMLR

The largest marine protected area will be created in the Ross Sea in Antarctica after member countries have agreed to resolution of turning Ross Sea into an area with special protection. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia held a meeting to decide on further steps for marine protection region in Ross Sea. The largest marine protected region will cover nearly 1.55 million square kilometers.

Ross Sea will be World's Largest Marine Reserve after landmark agreement

Agreement reached on Ross Sea as World's Largest Marine Reserve

Ross Sea is home to some of the rare species facing decline in habitat in other parts of the world. The efforts to setup Ross Sea in Antarctic region have been ongoing for past many years but the major roadblock was created by Russia. Finally, an agreement has been signed by many countries to setup Ross Sea as marine reserve. After the agreement to setup Ross Sea in Antarctica as protected area, there will be a ban on wildlife or mineral extraction in the region.

Antarctic Sea Ice Makes New Record this Year

Antarctic Sea Ice Makes New Record this Year

A significant rise has been witnessed in sea ice surrounding Antarctica. As per NASA scientists, it has reached a new record high this year. The upward trend in the Antarctic is just around a third of the magnitude of the significant loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

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