Will the Massive New Iceberg Affect the Oceans?

On July 12, 2017, a research team announced that a huge iceberg broke off of western Antarctica, forever changing the landscape of the Antarctic ice shelf. The A68 iceberg is estimated to comprise 2,239 square miles and is roughly the volume of Lake Erie.

Much has been predicted about the melting of the world’s ice caps due to climate change. One huge worry is that melting ice caps will lead to rising sea levels, which could put low-lying coastal cities at grave risk. Another worry is that while ice reflects sunlight, oceans tend to absorb the heat. As ice melts and oceans grow bigger, this could lead to warmer ocean temperatures, which will affect fish populations and increase other changes we are seeing in the ocean due to climate change.

According to an article on CNN, however, researchers say that this massive iceberg won’t immediately impact anyone. That’s good news…for now! If you’re interested in tracking changes, including temperature of water over time, consider our many different water monitoring instruments, including the Jenco 6175 pH, ORP Meter.