What Antarctica’s Massive Iceberg Could Mean for the Future

Boston University Antarctica researcher Sean Mackay explains the implications of last week’s events.

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Scientists have been monitoring the accelerating crack in Antarctic ice for more than a year. Earlier this week, the crack caused a massive iceberg to break from the Larsen C ice shelf. Photo by John Sonntag/NASA

BU Research: What happens to the iceberg now? Is it going to float up to Boston?

That’s too bad.

So why does it matter if a piece of Antarctica breaks off? Will the iceberg contribute to sea-level rise?

Wow. And that increased flow would contribute to sea-level rise?

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Sure, it’s not imminent, but it could potentially happen, right?

I know that scientists are reluctant to tie specific events to climate change. Do you feel confident saying that this iceberg is a result of climate change?

You have a personal relationship with Antarctica, and also a stake in it as a scientist. How does this event make you feel?

And what about the penguins. Are there penguins on the chunk now, floating away? Separated, parent from child?

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