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Iceberg breaks off Antarctica

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ANTARCTICA – THE biggest iceberg in 50 years has left the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Called D28, it covers 1,636 sq km in area – a little smaller than Scotland’s Isle of Skye, the BBC stated.

According to the BBC, the scale of the berg means it will have to be monitored and tracked because it could in future pose a hazard to shipping.

Not since the early 1960s has Amery calved a bigger iceberg. That was a whopping 9,000 sq km in area.

Amery is the third largest ice shelf in Antarctica, and is a key drainage channel for the east of the continent, the BBC stated.

 

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