Wildlife

Iceberg on Collision Course

The world’s most massive iceberg appears to be taking dead aim on a remote British territory in the South Atlantic, where it could have devastating consequences for the island’s wildlife.

Iceberg A-68A, roughly the size of Cyprus, broke off from Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf in 2017 and is predicted to run aground in the shallow waters surrounding South Georgia in less than a month. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey warn the massive chunk could block foraging routes for many thousands of the three penguin species that populate the island. This could threaten their chicks, as well as seal pups on the island, with starvation.

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