One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it slowly breaks up. This iceberg, measuring 5,800 square kilometers (about the size of Delaware) and weighing over one trillion tons, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf. USA TODAY
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke off from an ice shelf in Antarctica, British scientists announced Wednesday.
The 1 trillion ton iceberg, with twice of the volume of Lake Erie, broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf between Monday and Wednesday, according to Project MIDAS, which has been monitoring the shelf. At 2,200 square miles, the chunk of floating ice is nearly the size of Delaware.
The iceberg is likely to be named A68.
Over the past several months, an ever-lengthening and widening crack in the ice shelf captivated the world. …