Giant Iceberg Splits From Antarctica


An iceberg that just broke away from Antarctica is one of the biggest ever recorded.  An American satellite observed today that an iceberg the size of Delaware has split away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf.  Scientists have been monitoring a large crack in the ice shelf for over a decade, but the cracking had accelerated since 2014.

The 650-foot thick iceberg is not expected to drift very far in the short term.  Scientists say it's not unusual for giant icebergs to split away from the Antarctic Peninsula, but add that the Larsen C Ice Shelf is now the smallest it's been since the last ice age.

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