Thursday, June 13, 2024

Massive glacier the size of 10 football fields breaks down in Antarctica, triggers internal tsunami

Researchers on board the British Antarctic Survey’s RRS James Clark Ross have captured a major calving event as the William Glacier disintegrated into a thousand small pieces before their very eyes. William Glacier lies on the Antarctic Peninsula.

While such events have long been known to trigger tsunamis at the surface of the ocean, the calving event when analysed by the team revealed that the glacier calving can excite vigorous internal waves – a process that has been neglected in driving ocean mixing in computer models.

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