World's Largest Iceberg of More Than 1,600 sq mi Has Broken Away from Antarctica
The world’s largest iceberg, which measures about 175 km long and covers more than 1,600 sq mi, has reportedly broken away from Antarctica. The floating iceberg was first spotted on May 13.
Antarctica has given birth to a record-breaking iceberg ― the world’s most enormous iceberg. According to the European Space Agency, the iceberg was broken away from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf.
The iceberg, which has been labeled A-76 by authorities, was first spotted by British polar oceanographer Keith Markison before the satellites of the ESA picked up on the object on May 13.
The enormous ice slab, which is shaped like an ironing board, has a surface area that spans about 1,668 square miles, making it larger than the Spanish Island of Majorca, which occupies 1,405 sq mi of landmass.
The A-76 is 175 km long, and 25 km wide and is currently floating in the Weddell Sea. According to reports, iceberg calving is a natural phenomenon involving huge portions of ice breaking off the ice shelf at regular intervals.
The world’s largest iceberg - #Iceberg #A76, calved from western side of Ronne Ice Shelf #Antarctica, measures around 4320km2 in size. The calving is considered a natural event & not attributed to climate warming: https://t.co/J7hyLpRZzP@ESA_EO @KeithMakinson1 @kaitlinnaughten pic.twitter.com/nPO0cN946V— British Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) May 21, 2021
Before the record-breaking A-76, there was iceberg A-23A which was 1,305 sq mi in size. The calving of the A-76 hasn’t been linked to adverse climate change as its melting would not result in an increase in sea levels.
The A-76 is reportedly likely to break into two or more pieces in the future.
A giant slab of ice has broken off from the frozen edge of Antarctica, becoming the largest iceberg afloat in the world. The newly calved berg is designated A-76 by scientists https://t.co/90mV5yGbCv pic.twitter.com/zKnEIAhdvK— Reuters (@Reuters) May 21, 2021
Scientists explained that it would not affect the sea level given the A-76 was part of a floating ice shelf. However, if it were an ice sheet or glacier, the same would not be said because they are usually found on land.
The Ronne from which the A-76 calved is reportedly one of the largest floating ice shelves. According to research glaciologist Ted Scambos, the Ronne and The Ross ― another huge ice shelf ― have behaved in “a stable, quasi-periodic fashion.”
NYTimes #ClimateBuzzkill-es itself so I don't have to:— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) May 21, 2021
"Researchers sought to put the formation of A76 in context, saying that the forces that severed it from the Ronne Ice Shelf were part of the shelf’s normal life span."https://t.co/NWQdt2LBM8
As for the unique name of the giant iceberg, A-76, it was reported that icebergs are named from the Antarctic quadrant from which they initially broke off. The A-76 is reportedly likely to break into two or more pieces in the future.
The breaking of A-76 comes two years after some scientists argued that human activities and not the occurrence of natural cycles caused increasing temperatures worldwide.
The #IceBerg dubbed A-76, measures around 4320 sq km in size—that is 170 km long and 25 km wide. In comparison, Mumbai’s total area is 603.4 sq km, while India’s capital city Delhi occupies about 1484 sq km.#Antarctica pic.twitter.com/s49Y2Y2llb— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) May 20, 2021
Researchers shared that the fastest temperature rise over the last 2,000 years occurred in the second half of the 20th century, thanks to the Industrial Revolution. However, this wasn’t the case in the early ‘80s.