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A country sized iceberg - the size of many small countries ... could conceivably start its journey towards NZ shores. (Not the first time, but certainly the biggest)

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/12/giant-antarctic-iceberg-breaks-free-of-larsen-c-ice-shelf

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Interesting. A few questions if anyone knows or cares to speculate.

I guess that means it broke off from the mainland? 

If so, does that mean it will melt faster?

Will it make a noticeable difference in sea level?

Will it cause damage to animal or human life?

Part of global warming?

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2 hours ago, M&M said:

Interesting. A few questions if anyone knows or cares to speculate.

I guess that means it broke off from the mainland? 

If so, does that mean it will melt faster?

Will it make a noticeable difference in sea level?

Will it cause damage to animal or human life?

Part of global warming?

It was a floating ice sheet attached indirectly to antarctic land mass. 

It will melt faster as it moves north.

As it is already floating it will not make any difference to sea levels.

Its effect on animal and human life will be minimal.

As an isolated incident it give no information at all about global warming. When added to the many incidents that have taken place in both the arctic, antactic and glacial melting it is a definate indicator.

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16 hours ago, Greg Dent said:

It would take decades for it to drift anywhere. A report I saw on the weather network said that it would flow around the continent of Antarctica for a very long time because of the currents around there not going anywhere but in a circle . 

For goodness sake man, did you have to bring common sense into it! :angry::D

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16 hours ago, Greg Dent said:

It would take decades for it to drift anywhere. A report I saw on the weather network said that it would flow around the continent of Antarctica for a very long time because of the currents around there not going anywhere but in a circle . 

Hasn't been the case in recent years ... its quite common for an iceberg to float past NZ ... one was even in sight from the shore a few years ago.

 

Although, in the case of this one and the size of it, it won't be like the others.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/11/25/iceberg.newzealand/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11739047

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2 hours ago, Stormswift said:

Hasn't been the case in recent years ... its quite common for an iceberg to float past NZ ... one was even in sight from the shore a few years ago.

 

Although, in the case of this one and the size of it, it won't be like the others.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/11/25/iceberg.newzealand/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11739047

But when did those icebergs form initially?  Maybe they floated around Antarctica for years before finally drifting away. 

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20 minutes ago, Shawnster said:

But when did those icebergs form initially?  Maybe they floated around Antarctica for years before finally drifting away. 

Agreed, and it may take a while for this one to break up ... as this is the biggest yet, but with the acceleration of global warming. it would not surprise me if at least some splinters from this will be seen.

 

The ones that passed in 2006 were from a calving in the year 2000. Eleven years on, with an acceleration of Global Warming it may take another four or less years to see the effects of this one. If we see it sooner, then things are worse than we think .. or is that possible?

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53 minutes ago, Stormswift said:

. If we see it sooner, then things are worse than we think .. or is that possible?

 

I don't know if one must lead to the other.  If global climate change worsens, who knows how that will affect such things?  It might do any number of things.

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LOL ... as funny as that is ... there is a serious side to that, it is a lot of water that could be used for countries needing it, if the governments had got their skates on which we know they haven't.  Thanks for not taking my thread too serious about this big boy heading to our beaches. 

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