The year 2020 my come as a surprise for coast dwellers people or those people who live in areas below the sea level. The sea is expected to rise dramatically when the predicted collapse of Larsen B may at last take place on that year.
The Reuters news service mentioned that the 10,000 year-old ice shelf, may collapse again this time involving the entire glacier itself in contrast to partial disintegration in 2002. It is located in on the Antarctica region adjacent to South America, where thinning of the ice shelf, one of the two, has since been observed.
A NASA report co-author said that the complete collapse of Larsen B will come as an eye opener as to how the other shelves located much further south would respond, Reuters reports, with the shelf’s demise will hasten the melting of the glacier much like what happened 2002 after partial collapse, which lead to the thinning of the Leppard and Flask tributary glaciers accelerate.
“This study of the Antarctic Peninsula glaciers provides insights about how ice shelves farther south, which hold much more land ice, will react to a warming climate,” said Eric Rignot, co-author of the study and a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The study was published online in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, was based on airborne surveys and radar data, the news service added.