The world’s largest iceberg has detached from Antarctica

Antarctica - icebergPhoto: Tore Meek / NTB

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), an enormous iceberg has broken off an ice shelf in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica.

The iceberg is known as A-76 and is about 4,320 square kilometers in size. It is currently the largest in the world.

A satellite from the European Copernicus program discovered the iceberg, which is 170 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide. It is thus somewhat larger than the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca.

Copernicus’ Sentinel 1 satellites take pictures day and night, monitoring remote areas such as Antarctica year-round.

Previously, the 3,880 square kilometer iceberg A-32A was considered the world’s largest. It is also located in the Weddell Sea.

The iceberg A-74, which broke loose in February, was, by comparison, 1,270 square kilometers – the size of the city of Los Angeles.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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