A monstrous iceberg, bigger than New York City, has broken from an ice rack in Antarctica, as indicated by scientists on Friday.
The 490-square mile iceberg split away from the Brunt Ice Shelf about 10 years back after researchers began recognizing cracks in the ice, according to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in a. New York City is about 302 square miles.
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According to Professor Dame Jane Francis who is the director of the British Antarctica Survey said: “Our teams at BAS have been prepared for the calving of an iceberg from Brunt Ice Shelf for years,
The North Rift cracks developed toward the upper east at a pace of about 0.6 miles (1 km) each day in January; yet on the morning of Feb. 26, the crack widened two or three hundred meters in only hours. This ice split occurred because of a characteristic interaction, and there’s no proof that it is because of climate change, as per the reports. The Brunt Ice Shelf, a 492-foot-thick (150 meters) section of ice, streams west at 1.2 miles (2 km) each year and regularly calves iceberg.
Adrian Luckman, professor at Swansea University in Wales who was following the rack through satellite pictures over the most recent couple of weeks said: “Although the breaking off of large parts of Antarctic ice shelves is an entirely normal part of how they work, large calving events such as the one detected at the Brunt Ice Shelf on Friday remain quite rare and exciting,”