Colossal iceberg breaks off Antarctica

DW – July 12, 2017

A 2,200-square-mile (5,800-square-kilometer) chunk of ice has separated from the Larsen C ice shelf. The new iceberg is one of the largest ever recorded.

Scientists who have been observing the growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf for months announced Wednesday that the trillion-ton iceberg had finally broken away at some point in the last two days.

Towards the end, the process accelerated. The crack suddenly extended 11 miles (17 kilometers) within one week in May.

The Larsen C ice shelf has now been reduced in sized by a record 10 percent.

While the new iceberg will have little to no immediate impact on the region or its biodiversity, scientists are worried about the long-term effects.