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Antarctica - Iceberg A68 - Carved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf

 

The Antarctic is Melting too - This break-away iceberg A68 is so large that maps have had to be re-drawn

Sculptural Watercolour® 2020 in a box frame 60 x 80 x 7 cm

 

 

As the artist was finishing this work towards the end of 2020, A68 - the world's largest-ever iceberg when it "calved" off the main ice shelf in July 2017 - had been caught in a strong ocean current, taking it into the South Atlantic where it was breaking up into a collection of huge icebergs sweeping north towards the island of South Georgia.

By the end of 2020 it was less than 50 kilometres / 30 miles away. Scientists were concerned that this huge body of ice, some 150m / 500ft deep could become stranded by contact with the seabed, leading to a large volume of fresh water entering the sea; seriously upsetting the island's wild life.

January 2021 update: The most likely outcome as reported in the National Geographic magazine is that the now broken A68 icebergs will move south off the island of South Georgia, whilst continuing to break up and melt.

 

Calving of icebergs from the 10,000 year old Larson Ice Shelf are a natural phenomena, but the sheer size of this event is a wake-up call, should we now experience more such calvings as a result of the increasing average temperatures that are now being experienced across the Antarctic Continent.

The reduction in the huge areas of floating ice shelves will allow the flow of the feeder glaciers to speed up, transferring an increasing amount of ice from land to sea, contributing to Rising Sea Levels.

In addition, having both planetary poles melting at the same time will change ocean currents and the climate.

 

 

 

Detail from the above Sculptural Watercolour®

 

Detail of the right-hand side of the painting.

 

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