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The world's largest iceberg has separated from Antarctica

The world’s largest iceberg has separated from Antarctica

Fri May 21, 2021 11:30 a.m. – The European Space Agency has announced that a 4,320 sq km iceberg, which has just broken into the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, will be the largest in the world.

The huge glacier nicknamed the A-76 that erupted in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica is 170 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide, making it slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca. It was initially detected by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites.

The former largest iceberg was the A-23A, with an area of ​​3,380 sq km, also drifting into the Weddell Sea. As a reminder, the icebergs are named with a letter that corresponds to the part of Antarctica where they were originally discovered, followed by a number. According to the US National Ice Data Center, this white giant began separating from the Filchner-Ronne ice pack as early as May 13. Located on the northern edge of the continent and covering nearly 430,000 square kilometers, this ice pack is one of the largest masses of floating ice in the world.

According to scientists, the formation and melting of icebergs is a natural process that heating the air and oceans helps speed up.

See also: Icebergs and Ice Traps

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