- Title: Giant iceberg separation part of Antarctica changes - scientist
- Date: 12th July 2017
- Summary: CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 12, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) GEOPHYSICIST AT BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY, EDWARD KING, SAYING: "Well, the Antarctic contains an awful lot of ice and if large glaciers do end up flowing faster into the sea and dumping more ice into the ocean, then it will raise sea levels. It's inevitable."
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- Keywords: Larsen C Ice Shelf breaks off Antarctica NASA European Space Agency
- Location: LARSEN C ICE SHELF, ANTARCTICA / CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LARSEN C ICE SHELF, ANTARCTICA / CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: Antarctica
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA0046PEYCZR
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- Story Text: One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday (July 12), creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.
The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km., calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, was already floating before it broke away so there is no immediate impact on sea levels, but the calving has left the Larsen C ice shelf reduced in area by more than 12 percent.
A geophysicist at BAS, Edward King, said the location needs to be monitored since the temperatures in the Antarctic peninsula, where the Larsen C is located, had risen faster than anywhere else in the continent.
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