Scientists are concerned about possible consequences for the ecology and economy of the island.
The world’s largest iceberg may collide with the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Scientists warn that this could have serious consequences for the island’s ecology and economy.
The giant iceberg, named by scientists as A68a, broke away from the Larsen C glacier in the East of the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has since drifted towards South Georgia.
Satellite images show that during this time, the iceberg has not changed its shape. Its dimensions are 150 kilometers long and 48 kilometers wide, and its speed is one kilometer per hour. The iceberg can reach South Georgia in about 25 days.
Due to the shallow depth-only 200 meters-the iceberg can come very close to the island.
South Georgia is home to huge colonies of penguins and seals. Because of icebergs, their feeding grounds may be blocked immediately after the start of the breeding season, warns scientist Geraint Tarling of the British Antarctic survey.