28 Jan 2022
The World’s Largest Glacier has Melted, Further Cementing Climate Change Fears
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The world’s largest glacier, the A68a, has melted after breaking off its shelf in Antarctica in 2017 and traveling as far as South Georgia.
New research published in Remote Sensing of Environment throws light on the scope of damage caused by the A68a glacier melt. According to the study, a total of 152 billion tons of freshwater has spilled into the ocean in the wake of the glacier melt following its three-month journey to South Georgia.
Researchers have contended that this “could have a profound impact on the island’s marine habitat.” The influx of freshwater can possibly inform “the local ocean circulation and fosters biological production.” However, scientists are yet to determine the nature and the extent of the changes wrought by the glacier melt on the oceanic ecosystem.