A Huge 'Iceberg' Is Set To Break-off From The Antarctica; Iceberg Reported As Big As Delaware?

By Carrie Winters - 09 Jan '17 09:33AM
  • Huge 'Iceberg' Breaks-Off
  • (Photo : Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The biggest recorded “iceberg” is about to break-off Antarctica. The iceberg has been reported to be with an area almost the size of the state of Delaware.

The biggest recorded "iceberg" is about to break-off Antarctica. The iceberg has been reported to be with an area almost the size of the state of Delaware.

According to a report, once this "iceberg" breaks off from Antarctica, this is going to be the largest one recorded in history. Additionally, the rift in the Larsen C ice has grown these past few weeks. It is indicated in the same report that the crack is now 60 miles long.

Once the iceberg breaks away, 10 percent of the shelf will be lost. At this time, the ice is already floating and once it breaks away it does not have a massive effect on the rise of the sea level. However, this may lead to more ice flowing into the sea.

Meanwhile, it is also reported that the "iceberg," once it breaks off will change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are already several ice shelves that are broken up in several Antarctic areas. This includes the Larsen B which already has disintegrated in 2002.

In fact Larsen B disappeared in just a few weeks. It shattered into pieces and eventually was gone. The ice in Larsen C is being thawed by the warm temperature over the years. There are cases that he iceberg just float on the Antarctica for several years. These icebergs drift to as far as South America.

It is reported that the Larsen C has been drifting through the Antarctica for decades. This time, it seems that the iceberg has been drifting faster than usual. The Larsen C is 350 km thick and it floats to the West Antarctica.

There have been reports that the reason for the melt is global warming. However, there is no direct links for global warming to be the reason for the iceberg to melt instantly.

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