Large Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

A huge iceberg has broken off the 150-m thick Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) reported.

About 1270 square kilometers or 490 miles chunk of ice was broken, BAS said on its official statement.

The 12-person staff working in the BAS’ Halley Research Station, located in Brunt Ice Shelf left the station in mid-February. However, the BAS glaciologists said that the research station was “unlikely to be affected by the current calving.”

Scientists have been expecting a huge iceberg to break away for years after seeing a vast crack on the shelf.

BAS Director Professor Dame Jane Francis said that they have to monitor the ice shelf “using an automated network of high-precision GPS instruments that surround the station.”

“Our teams at BAS have been prepared for the calving of an iceberg from Brunt Ice Shelf for years,” he added.

BAS also used satellite images from ESA, NASA, and the German satellite TerraSAR-X, Francis said.

BAS Director of Operations Simon Garrod assured that they will keep a “close eye” on the present calving.

“Our job now is to keep a close eye on the situation and assess any potential impact of the present calving on the remaining ice shelf,” he said.

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