May 31st, 2019, 09:44 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 458 Thanks: 29 Math Focus: Number theory  How long for icebergs to melt?
What is the ratio of melting times for one iceberg to another twice its mass?

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. 
June 1st, 2019, 02:42 PM  #3 
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The melting is due mainly to the water the iceberg is floating in.


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