What Antarctica’s Massive Iceberg Could Mean for the Future

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

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?

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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