An iceberg the size of Antarctica that broke off from the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica has finally launched itself out to sea and Grant Bigg, an ocean modeler from the U.K., plans to track its path, which could disrupt shipping lanes.
The iceberg has taken two years to split from the Pine Island Glacier (a process known as calving) and was fully separated in July of 2013. Since July, scientists have been waiting for the iceberg to begin drifting out to sea.
Bigg plans to predict the iceberg’s path using ocean currents and prevailing winds and hopes that the modeling used will help advance ice warnings for the shipping industry.
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