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Trillion-tonne iceberg 'bigger than Mayo' breaks from Antarctic shelf

13 July 2017 01:30
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Trillion-tonne iceberg 'bigger than Mayo' breaks from Antarctic shelf

A team from Swansea University's MIDAS project, which has been monitoring the shelf, said the break was confirmed by a US satellite passing overhead. The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, has a volume twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes in the US.

Professor Adrian Luckman, of Swansea University, lead investigator of the MIDAS project, said some of the ice might remain in the area for decades, while parts might also drift to warmer waters. It will have to be monitored to ensure if currents and winds push it northwards, it does not pose a hazard to shipping.

Source: independent.ie

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