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Giant iceberg enters "final phase" of breaking away from Antarctica

by Michael Irving 20 Apr 2019 02:00 UTC
The Halloween Crack, discovered in October 2016, is threatening the Brunt Ice Shelf © Jan de Rydt, Northumbria University; British Antarctic Survey

A huge iceberg, roughly twice the size of New York City, is set to soon break off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. With two large cracks due to meet within the next few months, a research station has already been relocated as scientists watch the rifting event enter its "final phase."

The soon-to-be-born iceberg would measure more than 1,500 sq km (580 sq mi), and is between 150 and 250 m (492 and 820 ft) thick. Researchers have been watching the Brunt Ice Shelf carefully since 2012, when a crack that had sat dormant for 35 years suddenly showed signs of movement again. Chasm 1, as it's known, has grown steadily over the last seven years.

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