UK Scientists Leading an Expedition to the Gigantic Iceberg A-68 in the Antarctic


Scientists from the UK are anxious to explore the Antarctic seafloor that has been uncovered by trillion tons of ice blocks, as the A-68 occupying an area of around 6,000 sq. km. has been broken away in July. The similar ventures that were supervised earlier also have had discovered unique species.

The British Antarctic Survey has been funded for this expedition to the berg along with its calving zone, which takes place in February by next year. Researchers will be using the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross.

However the BAS cautions, final green-light that depend on a position of ice berg at the time and phase of the ice in the sea. The wafted ice berg that is biggest one in the Antarctic among all ever recorded, is now revealing the seafloor, which never has been released the ice that was covered for over 120000 years, at the time of last warm peak phase in a history of the Earth, which is called as Eemian.

Dr Katrin Linse, a BAS marine biologist said in a statement that, “its fantastic news to have won approval. Antarctic vessels are normally booked out years in advance and for our funders, Nerc, to give us the opportunity on this urgency grant to go this coming season is brilliant.”

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has already given a protected status to the area. This majorly helped scientists to have a priority to keep as well as access a commercial fishing at cove for at least two years but likelihood in 10 years.