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Iceberg has Split From Antarctica Larsen C Ice Shelf

1Iceberg almost 6,000 square kilometers in area

On July 12, 2017, the scientific community declared that the largely predicted split of the Larsen C ice shelf has occurred in Antarctica. The break unleashed a gigantic iceberg that is the weight of a trillion tons and is more than 2,200 square miles in area.

The Washington Post reported that the iceberg is one of the biggest to break away from Antarctica. The massive sheet is close to four times greater than the estimated number ice sheets melting off of Greenland per year. Scientists stated that it will soon be named AG8.

The iceberg is close to the size of the U.S. state of Delaware. Researchers from Project MIDAS, a research group from Wales, reported that its size is twice as big as Lake Erie of the Great Lakes. The research group is monitoring the situation closely through satellites.