“Their data indicates the fissure now extends for some 175km. But just how long it will take before the 5,000 sq km block finally breaks free is anyone’s guess, says Swansea’s Prof Adrian Luckman.
“The rift tip has just entered a new area of softer ice, which will slow its progress,” he told BBC News.
“Although you might expect any extension to hasten the point of calving, it actually remains impossible to predict when it will break because the fracture process is so complex. ”
Antarctica is actually gaining ice mass thanks to snow and instead of driving sea level rise, it may actually be slowing it down.
NASA says Antarctic ice may be growing after all – AOL News
The latest data from NASA shows Antarctica is actually gaining ice mass thanks to snow and instead of driving sea level rise, may actually be slowing it down.