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World's largest iceberg is moving towards South Georgia

Christian Fernsby |
The largest iceberg in the world known as A68a is moving towards South Georgia, where it will be a serious threat to penguins and seals in that British overseas territory.

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According to AlertGeo website, animals' normal feeding routes could be blocked, preventing them from feeding their young properly.

All creatures living at the bottom of the sea would be crushed by A68a upon reaching land, a disturbance that would take a long time to be reversed.

If that iceberg gets stuck on those islands, it could be there for 10 years affecting the ecosystem and the economy of that place.

A68a broke off from Antarctica in mid-2017, and is now only a few hundred kilometers offshore, considered a wildlife refuge.

That British overseas territory according to experts is a kind of graveyard for the largest icebergs in Antarctica.

The A68a with a submerged depth of 200 meters is about the size of the English county of Somerset, covering 4,200 square kilometers and weighing hundreds of billions of tons.

The source points out that it would be a complex problem for penguins and seals during the period of raising their offspring, since the actual distance they have to travel to find food is greater.

By having to make a long detour, they may not be able to return with their young in time to avoid starving in that period.

The article recalls that when A38 ran aground in South Georgia in 2004, countless penguin chicks and baby seals were found dead on local beaches.


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