Large Iceberg Breaks Off Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica

A gigantic iceberg has broken off from the Amery Ice Shelf in East Antarctica.

The iceberg, named D-28, is over 600 square miles in area, which is bigger than the city of Los Angeles. It’s equal to about 27 Manhattan Islands.

The berg separated from the ice shelf last week, on Sept. 26, next to another wobbly chunk of ice called the “Loose Tooth,” because it appeared to be precariously attached.

“We first noticed a rift at the front of the ice shelf in the early 2000s and predicted a large iceberg would break off between 2010-15,” said Scripps’ Institute of Oceanography professor Helen Amanda Fricker in a statement released by the Australian Arctic Division.

“I am excited to see this calving event after all these years,” she said. “We knew it would happen eventually, but just to keep us all on our toes, it is not exactly where we expected it to be.”

The last major calving event on the Amery was in 1963-64.

“We don’t think this event is linked to climate change. It’s part of the ice shelf’s normal cycle, where we see major calving events every 60-70 years,” Fricker added.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice