A massive ice formation the size of Delaware split off from the Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica and is now officially an iceberg measuring 2,200 square miles afloat in the Weddell Sea. The Larsen ice shelf is now 12 percent smaller and is the smallest it’s ever been in recorded history, reports Nicola Davis.
“The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict,” said Adrian Luckman, a professor at Britain’s Swansea University.
Breaking news! The iceberg has fully detached from Larsen C – more details to follow soon pic.twitter.com/pdSxDuAGjR
— Project MIDAS (@MIDASOnIce) July 12, 2017
“There is enough ice in Antarctica that if it all melted, or even just flowed into the ocean, sea levels [would] rise by 60 metres,” said Martin Siegert, professor of geosciences at Imperial College London and co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment.