From a glacier on the Antarctic island Pine Island broke away the huge iceberg. Scientists
Scientists emphasize that glacier slipping to the ocean and formation of icebergs is absolutely usual process and isn’t connected with climate changes which, however, in Antarctic are visible. When scientists found a crack in Pine Island’s glacier, they thought that the biggest iceberg will break away in some months, somewhere at the beginning of 2012. By the words of Professor Angelika Humbert from Alfred Wegener’s German Institute for scientists became to some extent a surprise that was necessary to wait as a result nearly two years. Now the most interesting to look, what is the time required to the biggest iceberg to come up from the gulf to the ocean. On it can leave months. Biggest of the registered icebergs broke away from an ice shelf of the Antarctica in 2001. Its area was 11 thousand square kilometers. This ice plateau drifted at the Southern ocean some years but didn’t thaw yet. Pine Island is one of the biggest and most mobile the Antarctica glaciers which are going down to the ocean. By estimates of scientists, about 10% of all icebergs of the West Antarctic ice board are formed here. Pine Island’s glacier loses more ice, than any other glacier on a planet. Its contribution to increase of level of the World Ocean is more, than at any other glacier therefore it should be studied.