Scientists from the UK have noticed that the largest iceberg in the world is heading towards the inhabited island. It can harm nature and disrupt the ecosystem for years to come.
The world’s largest iceberg is heading straight for the subantarctic island of South Georgia, where it can harm local wildlife.
Satellite images show the iceberg heading northeast towards the British island. As the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explained in a press release, the giant chunk of ice, if it reaches the island, would disrupt the lives of local wildlife, including seals and penguins.
The iceberg broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf back in 2017, it is the world’s largest iceberg, with an area of 4,850 square kilometers. Since the iceberg entered the ocean, it has shrunk slightly, but is still very large: it is 158 km long and 48 km wide. The A-68 is less than 200 m deep, which means it could damage the shallow shelf seabed.
Although satellite images show the A-68 is on its way to South Georgia, the iceberg could still change course. Researchers also speculate that the iceberg could loop and turn sharply northwest. In this case, it will fall into warm waters and begin to gradually disintegrate.
However, scientists warn that the iceberg could crush the sea creatures living on the bottom, further disrupting the ecosystem. According to Professor Geraint Tarling of the British Antarctic Survey, she will be able to recover over time, but there are fears that the iceberg will be stuck off the coast of the island for ten years. “And it will go a long way not only for the South Georgia ecosystem, but also for its economy.”