A68 - Giant Iceberg, freed ancient microorganisms

July 12, 2017 an event occurred, which scientists were waiting for ten years. It is so much time they watched the gradually inserting a crack on the Larsen Glacier with, located in the south-west of Antarctica. In the end, 12% of the glacier broke out, turning into one of the largest icebergs in the entire history of study. By approximate estimates, its area is 5800 square meters. KM - Almost 2, 5 Luxembourg, iceberg ice thickness reaches 22 meters, and the ice boulder mass is more than a trillion tons! The giant was assigned the code name A68.

Over the past decades, the temperature in this part of the world rose by almost 3 degrees, the result of which, according to scientists, and became the occurrence of the catastrophe. And the word "catastrophe" used in this situation is not an exaggeration at all, but the real state of affairs. Of course, the volume of water concluded in A68 is not enough for a noticeable rise in the level of the world's ocean. But the Iceberg is dangerous to others: the separation of such a large fragment can launch an irreversible chain of the destruction of the Maternal Larsen Glacier. In this case, millions of tons of ice will sooner or later be attributed to warmer water, where they are melted. And this, no doubt, will affect the global climate and increase the level of the ocean, flooding many coastal territories.

Iceberg recordsman in the future represents a serious danger to fisheries: sooner or later it will be divided into hundreds of small icebergs, control and predict the movement of each of which will be extremely difficult.

At the moment, Iceberg is preferably in place, but approaching the glacier and crashed into it with his huge mass, then rebuilt again. These movements led to the fact that the A68 gradually began to flip into two parts.

But, as they say, there is no humus without good. In the current situation, scientists are going to take advantage of the positive effect of the destruction of Larsen S. The fact is that for hundreds of thousands of years, the glacier hid the ancient forms of life separated from the outside world with a thick layer of ice. As the A68 drift in the sea of ​​Woodle, he frees part of the water, which from ancient times was not available to the sun. It is this plot that seek to explore scientists. But it is necessary to act quickly: very soon, sunny days will again be overgrown over the liberated part of Antarctica, which will affect the current state of the ecosystems.