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May 31st, 2019, 09:44 PM   #1
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How long for icebergs to melt?

What is the ratio of melting times for one iceberg to another twice its mass?
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June 1st, 2019, 09:28 AM   #2
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I would guess melting time with all other conditions constant is proportional to surface area that is exposed to the warmer air.

There's no definite coupling between surface area and mass. A fractal surface can have many times the surface area of a smooth surface for a given mass.
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The melting is due mainly to the water the iceberg is floating in.
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