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Iceberg larger than the city of São Paulo breaks off Antarctica

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Breaking of the 1,550 km² ice block was not related to climate change, but to the strong tide

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Iceberg that broke off in Antarctica is 1,550 km²

An iceberg larger than the city of São Paulo broke off Antarctica last Sunday from a gel platform next to a scientific station in the UK, announced a group of scientists on Monday, the 23rd. The block of ice had an area of ​​1,550 km² (the city of São Paulo has approximately 1,520 km²). Although the region is suffering from global warming, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an organization that studies the polar regions, guaranteed that the phenomenon at the time had no relation to climate change, on the other hand, it was due to the strong tide that increased the rift that already existed in the region. “This event was expected and is part of the natural behavior of the [plataforma de gelo] East Brunt. It has nothing to do with climate change,” said glaciologist Dominic Hodgson of the British institute. The crack had already been detected a decade ago by BAS itself. The detachment took place around 4 pm on Sunday. That was the second biggest break. Two years ago, a block of ice similar in size to this one had already broken off. According to glaciologists, fissures in the ice shelves have increased in the last decade.

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Source: Jovempan

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