July 31, 2021

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Gigantic iceberg separates from Brunt Ice Shelf

A giant iceberg thought to be 1,270 sq kilometres (490 sq miles) in size has broken away from Antarctica on Friday in a process called calving.

Airplane footage captured on Saturday shows a clear and substantial rift along the surface of Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf.

The crack occurred approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the UK’s Halley research station, which is currently unmanned.

Once fully detached, the iceberg, which is thought to be similar to the size of New York City, will need to be carefully monitored due to the potential safety risk to ships. (ruptly.tv)

Video: British Antarctic Survey