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Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctica

Photo of an iceberg (pixabay) 

An iceberg that is reported to be one of the largest ones in recorded history is said to have broken away from the continent of Antarctica.  This has said to have changed maps of the regions and is even being said to have happened because of global warming.

The iceberg is supposedly one trillion tons and is even said to be a size seven times greater than New York City. This absolutely massive iceberg just snapped off a few days ago.

According to a research group in Britain known as MIDAS, this iceberg covers around 6,000 square kilometers. Its volume is apparently twice the size of Lake Erie.

This particular iceberg broke free from what is known as the Larson C ice shelf. This ice shelf was being monitored for several months as scientists tasked with its monitoring noticed a crack just growing. The crack is reported to be 200 kilometers long.

When the iceberg broke away it actually removed 10% of the total ice shelf. Project MIDAS even mentioned that there may be a "very modest" rise in the sea level.

This caused a quick debate to spark on the widely debated issue of climate change. Some people even scientists believe that this is natural and was going to happen anyways and that there might not be any actual direct link to human climate change. On the other hand, some scientist feels that this is, even more, evidence into the climate change issue itself.

"a natural event, and we're not aware of any link to human-induced climate change."  Martin O'Leary a member of MIDAS and a University glaciologist.

According to many scientists around the world global warming has caused the thinning of the ice shelf.  "is part of a long-term major loss of the ice shelves in the peninsula, progressing southbound and resulting from climate warming." said a glaciologist from the University of California, Irvine Eric Rignot.

The iceberg might not pose a great risk to shipping routes up north since it is a possibility that it might break up into pieces and will probably just circle Antarctica for years, decades instead of moving north.

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