It finally happened. After months of scientific anticipation across the planet, the giant iceberg broke off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica after the rift that separated it from the surface accelerated its growth in recent weeks. According to investigators, the separation occurred between July 10 and 12.
Thus, with almost six thousand square kilometers (5,800), this iceberg has become one of the largest discovered in recent time, as confirmed by scientists from the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey. Its size would be four times that of London or seven times that of New York. Meanwhile, the final rupture was discovered by a United States satellite during the morning of this Wednesday.
The iceberg is expected to be named A68 and would weigh over a trillion tons. At the moment it shouldn't be straying too far from the Antarctic Peninsula, but currents and winds could push it north towards the Atlantic where it could become a danger to vessels navigating the area.
"The iceberg is one of the largest on record and its future progress is difficult to predict," said Adrian Luckman, a professor at the University of Swansea and one of the researchers who monitored the progress of the detachment.
There is also no certainty that the iceberg's detachment could be related to climate change. "In the months and years that follow, the ice shelf may gradually regrow, or it may suffer further partitioning events that can eventually lead to collapse, opinions in the scientific community are divided," adds Luckman.
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