A23a, the world’s biggest iceberg, has started moving after being stuck for more than 30 years. It’s really huge, much bigger than London, and was part of Antarctica. Now, it’s drifting into the ocean.
- A23a, a huge iceberg, has been stuck since 1986.
- It’s really big, over twice the size of London.
- The iceberg is about 400 meters thick.
- It’s started to move because of the wind and water around it.
- It might travel to the South Atlantic Ocean.
- If it gets near South Georgia, it could be hard for animals there.
- As it melts, it helps feed sea life.
A23a, a really big piece of ice, broke off from Antarctica in 1986. Since then, it’s been stuck in the sea near Antarctica. It’s so big – like two Londons put together! Now, after a long time, it’s started to move.
In the last year, A23a began to drift away because of the wind and the ocean moving it. It’s now going past the tip of Antarctica and might end up in the South Atlantic Ocean. This path is known as “iceberg alley.”
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The reasons for its recent movement are not entirely clear, but experts suggest that natural size reduction over time has allowed it to break free from the ocean floor.
Scientists are watching A23a closely. If it stops near South Georgia, an island with lots of wildlife, it could make it hard for animals like seals and penguins to find food.
But, icebergs like A23a are also important for the ocean. When they melt, they put good stuff into the water that helps tiny sea creatures grow.
So, while it’s big and can be a problem, A23a is also part of how nature works in the ocean. People are curious to see where it goes and what happens next.