This is Fine: Trillion Tonne Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

Iceberg has been close to breaking away for months

An iceberg the size of Wales Delaware Prince Edward Island has broken off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. The one trillion tonne chunk of ice calved away sometime between July 10 and 12, according to scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey.

The 5,800 square km iceberg could present problems for cruise ships that visit from South America.

“The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict,” said Swansea University professor Adrian Luckman. “It may remain in one piece but is more likely to break into fragments. Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters.”

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