The world’s largest iceberg is currently on the way to crash on an island in the South Atlantic and could cause significant damage to local wildlife if it were to run aground near the island.
The “A68a” iceberg – which NASA estimates to be about the size of Devon – or six times the size of London – broke off the Larsen C pack ice in Antarctica in 2017.
According to the government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, it is currently crossing the South Antarctic Front to South Georgia Island. Current tracking predicts that it will land at Clerk Rocks, located 35 miles southeast of South Georgia.
However, it is possible that the iceberg will disintegrate as it is flooded with water on its way. We saw that it crumbled and cracked during its movement.
South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory, located in the South Atlantic Ocean about 800 miles south-east of the Falkland Islands.
Although there are scientific research bases located on the islands, it is an inhospitable environment and there are no permanent residents.
Government officials closely followed the 4,200 km2 iceberg with the help of the British Royal Air Force, which conducted a reconnaissance mission over the iceberg by capturing photos and videos of the great mass .
“The size of the A68a iceberg means that it is impossible to capture the entirety of its entirety in one shot,” UK officials said in a statement.
If the iceberg collides with South Georgia Island, scientists warn it could threaten the wildlife ecosystem and animals’ access to food. “Ecosystems can rebound and of course will rebound, but there is a danger here that if this iceberg gets stuck, it could be there for 10 years. An iceberg has huge implications for where terrestrial predators might feed, ”said Professor Geraint Tarling, an ecologist with the British Antarctic Survey.
Based on water currents and weather conditions, the iceberg is about to strike the territory this month, according to the Royal Navy.