Antarctic Iceberg A Quarter The Size Of Wales Splits From Ice Shelf

12 July 2017, 17:29

WATCH: Huge Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica

WATCH: Huge Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica

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This is the giant iceberg which is more than a quarter of the size of Wales and has broken off an ice shelf in Antarctica.

Weighing a staggering trillion tonnes it is one of the biggest ever recorded.

Iceberg

Experts fear the dramatic loss could trigger the whole collapse of the Larsen C Ice Shelf and cause sea levels to rise.

A spokesman from the British Antarctic Survey said the iceberg, which measures 2,200 square miles, had been “hanging by a thread” for months.

Scientists will now study the shelf to look at how its newly exposed ocean and seabed areas are populated with life.

Iceberg

You can get a bird's-eye view of the vast iceberg in the video at the top of this page.

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