A 5800 square kilometre iceberg, that weighs over a trillion tonnes, has broken away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. It now stands as one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history.
Scientists, who have been monitoring a growing fracture, announced that sometime between Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th July, the fracture completed, resulting in what they describe as a ‘calving’, meaning the iceberg is no longer connected to mainland Antarctica.
The break is so massive that its separation has reduced the Larsen C Ice Shelf by approximately 12 per cent, changing the landscape of the Peninsula forever.
A detailed Observer article on the break may be accessed by clicking here.