VIDEO: Huge iceberg breaks away from Antarctica
SCIENTISTS HAVE CONFIRMED that one of the biggest icebergs on record, weighing 1 trillion tonnes and measuring at 5,800 square kilometres, has broken away from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.
While the breakaway will pose a threat to ships travelling in the region, scientists are hesitant to link the event to climate change, as ice break aways happen naturally across the Antarctic.
The Larsen C ice shelf has been monitored closely by scientists for several months, with scientists predicting the break away back in January after observing accelerated cracks in the ice sheet.
Scientists from the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey estimated that the final break occurred between 10 and 12 July.
Sue Cook, a glaciologist from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre told World Today that while the break away won’t cause sea levels to rise, however this will occur if the ice shelf continues to fracture.
“If you remove an ice shelf, all of the glaciers that used to feed into it start putting more ice out into the ocean and that’s where you get your potential contributions to sea level rise,” Sue explained.