Huge Antarctic iceberg finally breaks free – Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica


British Antarctic Survey

Published on Jul 12, 2017

Huge Antarctic iceberg finally breaks free

After months of ‘hanging by a thread’ a vast iceberg the size of Norfolk has finally broken off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. Around 30 metres of this 190m thick block of ice sits above the sea surface.

Scientists now have opportunities to study the stability of the remaining ice shelf, as well as understanding how new biological communities might occupy the newly exposed ocean and underlying seabed areas.

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