Giant Antarctic Iceberg Set To Break Away From Antarctica

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An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.

images/text credit: BBC News

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A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away.

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Larsen C is the most northern major ice shelf in Antarctica.

Researchers based in Swansea say the loss of a piece a quarter of the size of Wales will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up.

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Ohio State researchers revealed that “The collapse would lead to a sea-level rise of nearly 10 feet, which would engulf major U.S. cities such as New York and Miami and displace 150 million people living on coasts worldwide.”(thesun.co.uk)

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