Tuesday, March 2, 2010


The other day an iceberg roughly the size of Luxemburg broke off the Antarctic coast. Here is the evocative language in which a leading oceanologist described the potential environmental impact of the momentous event: “Removal of this tongue of floating ice would reduce the size of that area of open water, which would slow down the rate of salinity input into the ocean and it could slow down this rate of Antarctic bottom water formation."