03 Feb '12, 5pm

Antarctica’s about to lose a New York City-sized chunk:

Antarctica’s about to lose a New York City-sized chunk:

A NASA photograph of the crack across Pine Island Glacier. Normally when icebergs split off from glaciers, it’s called “calving,” but I think it would be fair to say that Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is about to have a cow. Pine Island Glacier, which is the continent’s fastest-melting glacier and unusually well-situated to contribute to sea level rise, is getting set to shed a chunk of ice larger than all five boroughs of New York City combined. Snaking across the floating tongue of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, the crack is expected to create an iceberg 350 square miles (907 square kilometers)—versus 303 square miles (785 square kilometers) for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx combined, according to NASA. A NASA map of the crack across Pine Island Glacier, with New York City thrown in for scale. (I had to move Staten Island a lit...

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