Massive Ice berg to break off from Antarctic

Larsen C -- a massive ice sheet in western Antarctica -- is now located closely attached to its parent shelf by 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of ice, said a UK-based team named Poject MIDAS.

Massive Ice berg to break off from Antarctic

Scientists have warned that a huge iceberg could soon break away from northern Antarctica any time. This will be one of the biggest ice break ever recorded in recent times, added scientists.

Larsen C -- a massive ice sheet in western Antarctica -- is now located closely  attached to its parent shelf by 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of ice, said a UK-based team named Poject MIDAS.

But, once it is separated, it may lead creation of a 5,000 square kilometers iceberg  similar to the size of state of Delaware, said scientists.



The rift was first observed in 2016, and later became wider, and now only a thin strip of ice about 12 miles long keeps it from completely breaking away.According to the MIDAS team, if it finally breaks away, Larsen C ice shelf will lose 10 % of its original area.

It will be disastrous incident and the  "event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula," said scientists.

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