The massive chunk of ice floating in the Weddell Sea was first spotted on May 13 2021, measuring approximately 170 km long and 25 km wide, it boasts a surface area of 4,300 sq km and is currently the world's largest iceberg.
The Ozone hole over the Antarctica continent has become unprecedentedly deeper and larger in the last 15 years, the latest finding of the World Meteorological Organization has shown. It has reached its peak of at 24 mil square km.
In nearly three decades, Denman Glacier has already retreated some five km and lost over 250 billion tons of ice. In the worst case scenario, the damage could be much greater.
The island—named Sif after the goddess of Earth and the wife of thunder god Thor—is big enough for satellites to spot from space but had previously been hidden under ice. Climate change is likely to blame for the reveal.
Upside-down rivers lapping at the bottoms of ice sheets and brilliant blue mini-lakes dotted on top may be speeding up Antarctic melting. As the Earth continues to warm, both processes could hasten the demise of Antarctica’s icy armor.
Using a hot-water drill, British scientists have dug a 7,060-foot borehole through the Antarctic ice sheet. This largest ever ice hole for West Antarctica is meant to improve our understanding of climate-related sea level rise.
The findings have surprising and positive implications for the survival of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet which scientists had previously thought could be doomed because of the effects of climate change.
Mass losses of the Antarctica have increased global sea level by 7.6 mm since 1992, with 40% of this rise coming in the last five years alone. In West Antarctica, mass losses today amount to about 160 billion tons per year.