6,000 sq.km Antarctic iceberg splits

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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.iceloss-leadimage
  • 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.


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