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Massive Iceberg Breaking Off in Antarctica

May 15, 2009

A massive iceberg in the Mertz Glacier that flows in to the southern ocean near Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica is about to break off the glacier any time now..

Antarctic Iceblock

About 75 kilometers long and voluminous to the extent of contaning 750,000 gigalitres of ice(enough freshwater  to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times over), it is not certain whether the break up of the iceberg  is the result of global warming or just a natural phenomenon.

Just at the moment, it’s undergoing a massive calving event which promises to release an iceberg which will be between 20 to 25 kilometres wide and 75 kilometres long by about 400 to 500 metres thick.

 

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