Shock News : Ice Shelf Breakups Are Mechanical

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The tsunami from the March earthquake in Japan had impacts across the world, causing the calving of icebergs a hemisphere away in Antarctica, researchers say.

The finding is the first direct observation of such a connection between tsunamis and icebergs, a NASA release said Monday.

Using multiple satellite images, NASA researchers were able to observe new icebergs floating off to sea shortly after the tsunami swell reached Antarctica.

Arriving 8,000 miles away from the epicenter 18 hours after the earthquake, the tsunami broke off several chunks of ice that together equaled about two times the surface area of Manhattan, scientists say.

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17 Responses to Shock News : Ice Shelf Breakups Are Mechanical

  1. gator69 says:

    Yeah, but the quake was caused by global warming. Somebody said so.

  2. Ill wind blowing says:

    More shocking news; tsunamis have not been occurring daily, throughout the last 10 years. 😦

    Triple shocking news: no account has been taken of how the increased fragility of ice shelves allows them to break up more easily. 😦

    • Grumpy Grampy ;) says:

      Ice shelves has been breaking up since ice shelves were formed due to tidal forces along with wind and waves.
      Ice is not as solid as rock and tends to be brittle as seem on the surface of many glaciers.
      There is an old saying that fits this scenario: SHIT HAPPENS! Most ice shelf break up is a mechanical event.
      Your last ten years is a drop in the bucket of history where ice shelf break ups have been recorded. The Iceberg that sunk the Titanic was probably part of an ice shelf that
      broke up before it drifted into shipping lanes.

    • More shocking news. You have no idea what you are talking about

    • DEEBEE says:

      Hate to disagree Steven. IWB’s ignorance is not shocking or you are way too nice.

  3. Ill wind blowing says:

    Now for some reality.

    The main and primary reason for ice shelves breaking off is Global Warming, therefore:

    1. With Global Warming and no other secondary forces, you will have ice shelves breaking off.

    2.Due to Global Warming ice shelves that have weakened will be premauturely broken off by any mechanical force of sufficient strength such as:

    a. A minor earthquake in the vicinity of the ice shelf.
    b. A tsunami sufficiently strong enough to send even a small wave of water towards the ice shelf. The impact of such a wave will stress the already weakened ice shelf.
    c. Ten thousand overweight midgets jumping up and down on critical areas of the ice shelf.

    • gator69 says:

      Ice melts. Big deal.

      • Grumpy Grampy ;) says:

        Ice melting has little to do with ice shelves breaking up. IWB is living in a world of Virtual Reality playing sim planet on a Nintendo!
        Please share more of your hallucinations with us and we may determine the family of drugs you are using! I am leaning towards Peyote Buds! Datura may play a part.
        The tea from Datura is extremely hallucinogenic. The hallucinogenic effects are reported to be stronger than Peyote, Psyillicibin, or LSD. However, Datura is also very toxic and can cause permanent psychosis. Solanaceous plants such as Sacred Datura contain relatively high concentrations of tropane alkaloids, primarily Atropine, Hyoscyamine, and Scopolamine, the primary alkaloid being Scopolamine. It is apparently Scopolamine that produces the hallucinogenic effects. It induces an intoxication followed by narcosis in which hallucinations occur during the transition state between consciousness and sleep.

    • Jimash says:

      Not for nothing , as they say, but ice shelves break off when glaciers grow too.

    • 1. With Global Warming and no other secondary forces, you will have ice shelves breaking off.

      So you’re saying that without Global Warming ice shelves do not break off?

  4. Latitude says:

    well then thank God for global warming…..
    …if not those ice shelves would never break and continue to grow right into my driveway

  5. Latitude says:

    What a bunch of total morons…..
    ….all of a sudden they are seeing things that have been happening forever

    ….and they wet their pants

    Just to tell you how stupid they really are….
    ….ask one what to they think happened to cause CO2 levels to fall?

    • DEEBEE says:

      JUst like when I bought my car, it was amazing how many other people I noticed had the same car or were they just copying my sense of fasion — jerks

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