The sudden acceleration of the split in the ice has scientists convinced that a massive calving event is imminent.
“If it doesn’t go in the next few months, I’ll be amazed,” Professor Adrian Luckman, project leader from Swansea University, told BBC News.
By itself, the iceberg that is set to break off won’t lead to a rise in sea levels, as the ice shelf already floats on the ocean. However, the Larsen ice shelf acts as a buttress against continental glaciers that could then be free to slide into the sea. BBC reports that if all the ice that Larsen C holds back were released into the ocean, global waters would rise by 10 cm, or four inches.
What can you say about this? It’s scary. Really scary.