VAST ICEBERG TO DISRUPT MARINE LIFE

A vast iceberg that broke off the eastern Antarctic coast

earlier this month could disrupt marine life in the region,

the BBC has reported. The iceberg, which at 3,000km²

is more than three times the size of Singapore, was

separated from the Mertz Glacier Tongue after it was hit

by another huge iceberg. Now scientists believe that the

change in the availability of open water could impact on

the amount of wildlife it could sustain.

“We have got two massive icebergs that – end to end

– create a fence of about 180km,” Dr Neal Young from

the Australia-based Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems

Co-operative Research Centre, told the BBC. “So the

area’s geography has changed from a situation where

we effectively had a box in which two sides were open

ocean.”

This could affect algae growth, leading to the disruption

of the area’s entire food chain, he added. Source http://www.traveldailymedia.com/newsletters/03Mar10.pdf

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