One of Biggest Ever Recorded Ice Bergs Breaks Free from Antarctica
One of the biggest ever recorded icebergs – an ice shelf weighing over one trillion tons, recently broke away, or calved, in Antarctica.
The calving occurred sometime between Monday and Wednesday according to Project MIDAS – a UK-based Antarctic research project.
The 2200 square mile section has a volume that is twice that of Lake Erie.
While the ice berg is over a trillion tones, it was already floating before it calved, meaning there was no immediate impact on the sea level.
However, the breaking away of the ice berg leaves the Larsen C Ice Shelf reduced by more than 12% in area and the Antarctica Peninsula forever changed.