On February 6thmedia reported that an iceberg equivalent to four London smaller areas was about to enter the high seas. The report said the iceberg, called the A68, covers an area of about 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles), about the size of four Londons. It first left Antarctica in 2017 and has been heading north for the past three years.
Professor Adrian Luckman, an iceberg expert at Swansea University, said: “I was surprised that the waves didn’t break up the A68 and now it’s about to reach the Southern Ocean, where it could eventually disintegrate. “
Experts say the iceberg, which is slowly moving northward by prevailing winds and currents, is currently at 63 degrees south latitude. Although the iceberg has collapsed from Antarctica, it is particularly large and could be harmful to maritime traffic. But fortunately the iceberg doesn’t raise sea levels.
Scientists are closely monitoring the A68, but are also looking at two other icebergs that are about to be born. The first iceberg will collapse from the Songdo glacier, which is expected to cover an area of about 300 square kilometers. The second upcoming iceberg is located on the edge of the Brent ice shelf and is expected to cover an area of about 1,500 square kilometres.