Sunday , October 17 2021

NASA provides the first pictures of the huge Antarctic ice from the Pine Island glacier


NASA released this week's photographs of a giant iceberg that was "three times the size of Manhattan."

The photos were taken as part of the "IceBridge" operation of the agency and marked for the first time when anyone saw the berg, named B-46 by the National Ice Center in the USA.

A gigantic mass broke away from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ​​at the end of October.

The Pine Island glacier in West Antarctica is known for issuing icebergs in the Amundsen Sea, according to NASA, but the frequency of such events seems to grow

The photos were taken during the flight last Wednesday as part of a long-term campaign to collect measurements of sea ice, glaciers and critical areas of icy layers of the Earth from year to year.

On October 29, the National Ice Center estimated the area of ​​B-46 at 66 square miles (226,744 km²).

Satellite images from the IceBridge flight showed that the main iceberg was already beginning to disintegrate.

According to NASA, Pine Island and the nearby Thwaites glacier contribute to the global sea level increase by about 1 millimeter per decade.

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