2020-11-07

An iceberg approaches British South Georgia, threatening the survival of wildlife on the island

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China News Service, November 6th. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Chinese website on the 5th, a giant iceberg is heading to the British overseas territories South Georgia Island drifts. If a collision occurs, it will pose a serious threat to local wildlife such as penguins and seals.

It is reported that this iceberg is called A68a, and it broke away from the Antarctic continent in July 2017. Its size is about the same as South Georgia Island.

It is reported that if an iceberg hits South Georgia Island, it will cut off the normal foraging routes of penguins and seals on the island, thus preventing these animals from feeding their young. In addition, after the impact event, it may also cause all the creatures living on the sea floor to be crushed, and this interference may take a long time to reverse.

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Data map:A floating iceberg.

Gerlint Tallinn, a researcher at the British Antarctic Survey, said, “If the iceberg gets stuck, it will stay there for ten years. This will have a great impact on the ecosystem and economy of South Georgia. Impact.”

According to reports, researchers from the British Antarctic Survey are working hard to organize resources to study A68a drifting to South Georgia, to determine whether it will bring the worst situation, whether it will be the main local Wildlife and fishing production areas are stranded.

Tallinn emphasized that there are many potential impacts, but not all are negative. For example, icebergs will bring a lot of dust, which will provide nutrients to the surrounding marine plankton and further benefit the related food chain.

Source:China News Network