Thursday, November 3, 2011

How big is that iceberg??

Competing stories on Yahoo News..  One says that there is a giant iceberg as big as New York City that is soon going to break free from Antarctica.   Giant crack growing in Antarctica
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA scientists are watching a giant crack forming over a vulnerable Antarctic glacier and they think it will soon break off into an iceberg the size of New York City.

And then there is another story that says the iceberg is the size of Brazil. Giant crack glimpsed in Antarctica.
WASHINGTON — A massive crack is growing wider in the Antarctic ice sheet and could break apart in the coming months, forming an iceberg the size of Brazil, NASA scientists warned Thursday. 

For reference..

Land area of New York City:             305 square miles
Land area of Brazil:                 3,300,000 square miles

BTW, the NYC comparison was the closer one.  How the AFP let the Brazil comparison slip through is pretty darn funny to me. In math you learn the technique of looking at your answer and asking   hmm is that even plausible?  Like if your answer was that the object had negative mass you would know you must have made a math mistake along the way.

I mean really? Someone actually thought there could possibly be an iceberg the size of Brazil getting set to break free and just float around?  And how many other dolts will read the Brazil comparison and run with it without even stopping to ask if that is even plausible?

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