 Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.

A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away.

Researchers based in Swansea say the loss of a piece a quarter of the size of Wales will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up.

“The eventual consequences might be the ice shelf collapsing in years to decades,” said Prof Luckman, “Even the sea level contribution of this area is not on anybody’s radar; it’s just a big geographical event that will change the landscape there.”

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Source: NEWS UPDATE

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