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Massive Iceberg Breaks Away from Antarctic Peninsula
By Joanna Lentini, July 14, 2017 @ 12:20 PM (EST)
Source: BBC News

Recently, one of the largest icebergs ever documented has split away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The 200 meter thick iceberg, which scientists expected to break away, is roughly 6,000 sq km and one of the 10 largest icebergs on record. To put that into perspective the big island of Hawaii is 10,400 sq km.

Created by glaciers, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is a massive area of floating ice; however, it is now at its smallest size since Earth's last ice age—11,700 years ago. Most of the icebergs that fall into the sea are slow moving and either end up getting stuck on the shallow continental shelf of South Georgia or linger in the Weddell Sea until they “die.”

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