Iceberg The Size of Salt Lake Broke off Antarctica
It was revealed by satellite images that the giant ice floe was leaving the Brunt Ice Shelf. The breakout occurred on Sunday, the researchers said.
The eruption of the iceberg, which has an area of approximately 1,500 square kilometers, was recorded as the second largest breaking in two years.
It was determined that the broken piece of ice was moving towards the Weddell Sea at a speed of 2 kilometers per year.
An ice shelf is an extension of ice sheets floating in the ocean. These shelves play an important role in retaining the inner ice sheet.
The collapse of ice shelves causes inland ice to mix more rapidly into the ocean, which causes sea level rise.
The US National Ice Agency monitors crushed ice. The agency will soon give the ice floe a name.