Giant iceberg splits from Antarctic

Most news publications around the world are reporting the news that scientists have confirmed that one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from Antarctica.

As the BBC explains: “A US satellite observed the berg on Wednesday while passing over a region known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Scientists were expecting it. They’d been following the development of a large crack in Larsen’s ice for more than a decade. The rift’s propagation had accelerated since 2014, making an imminent calving ever more likely.”

Many publications focus on the size of the iceberg, with the BBC saying the “giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6,000 sq km; that’s about a quarter the size of Wales“.

Ice shelves act as huge buttresses that hold back glaciers flowing down to the coast, so researchers will be watching the Larsen C shelf closely for further signs of deterioration.”