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INTERNATIONAL: Giant Antarctic iceberg set to break away

By BBC
The rift is about 100m wide but is estimated to be half a kilometre deep

The rift is about 100m wide but is estimated to be half a kilometre deep

BBC – An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.

A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away.

Larsen C is the most northern major ice shelf in Antarctica.

Researchers based in Swansea say the loss of a piece a quarter of the size of Wales will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up.

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