Better technology and vigilant monitoring have made the oceans safer. Today’s ice watchers, of course, have access to technology that did not exist in the early 20th century. After the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, claiming more than 1,500 lives, nations joined forces and took swift action to prevent similar catastrophes.
Titanic disaster hasn’t faded out of people’s imagination. Why? Why does the Titanic continue to be what flashes into people’s minds whenever the word “disaster” comes up? There have been many other ship wrecks claiming more lives but they didn’t make it to the bucket list—may be because there wasn’t anyone rich or famous onboard. Can’t figure a reason why?
Ice hazards have continued to doom ships. Even near the well-monitored waters, ships do venture inside the iceberg limit, where conditions can be dicey. The ice threat has not been eliminated, but it has been greatly diminished by modern surveillance.
Global Warming and Ice Bergs
Our global climate is rapidly warming and becoming increasingly unstable due to human-caused carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. Increased global warming is making the oceans scarier than ever. Earlier this week, a crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf caused a 1.1-trillion-ton block of ice to calve, forming a colossal iceberg. Just days after breaking off the continent, the iceberg, now dubbed A68, has broken into two pieces. The enormous berg A68 is starting to lose small chunks (small bergs) to ocean already!
Modern day ships have radar and sonar to help detect hazards, but those systems are not always effective, especially for smaller bergs in bad weather. This is where the smaller pieces are perhaps a bit more dangerous. Also, they are not visible.