One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from Antarctica. The giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6,000 sq. km.
About the split
- U.S. satellite observed the berg while passing over a region known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf.
- The new Larsen berg is probably in the top 10 biggest ever recorded.
Larsen C Ice Shelf
- An object measuring some 9,000 sq. km came away in 1986.
- The Larsen C shelf is a mass of floating ice formed by glaciers that have flowed down off the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula into the ocean.
Two nearby smaller shelves, Larsen A and Larsen B, disintegrated around the turn of the century and a warming climate very probably had a role in their demise.