An iceberg roughly the size and shape of Delaware has broken off of the Larsen C ice shelf. These are not uncommon, but this one is one of the largest ever. Because of its size, it will have to be monitored and tracked to prevent disruption of maritime commerce as it floats further from Antarctica. The breaking off from its shelf can be a part of the natural life cycle. More research must be done to determine whether climate change played any role in this separation.
New Iceberg Map
IMAGE CREDIT: NASA, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response.
Check out this article from Europe’s Space Agency talking about the potential just days before.
BBC also had some great coverage. Play the video below: