Huge Chunk Of Ice Breaks Off At Antarctic


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A giant iceberg, larger than the size of most European cities, has broken away from Antarctica, near a British research station,the British Antarctic Survey said Friday.


The iceberg measuring 1,270 squarekilometers (490 square miles) came off the 150-meter-thick Brunt Ice Shelf in a process called "calving."


Scientists had been expecting a huge chunk of ice to break away for almost a decade after the first "vast cracks" had formed on the shelf.


Scientists had been expecting a huge chunk of ice to break away for almost a decade after the first "vast cracks" had formed on the shelf.


The events leading up to the major split began accelerating in November last year, BAS said in a statement. The research station was moved inland four years ago for safety reasons. "That was a wise decision," said Simon Garrod, BAS director of operations

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