World’s largest iceberg breaks away from frozen edge of Antarctica

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The largest iceberg in the world breaks off in Antarctica

An iceberg roughly 73 times the size of Manhattan has broken off from Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf, making it the largest current iceberg in the world, the European Space Agency confirmed a natural occurrence on Wednesday, and scientists are not listing that event climate change back. Receive market news worthy of your time at Axios Markets. Subscribe for free. The big picture: The iceberg was named A-76 after the Antarctic Quadrant in which it was sighted on May 14th. The National Ice Center tracks large icebergs because of the dangers they can pose to ships. It measures 1,667.96 square miles, making it a bit larger than the largest iceberg to date, A-23A, which according to ESA measures 1,498.1 square miles. Our thought bubble about Axios’ climate reporter Andrew Freedman: This iceberg comes soon after one of the largest.The icebergs known as A-68, which calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017, finally disintegrated in the iceberg cemetery of the South Atlantic. In general, scientists are concerned about the stability of floating ice shelves as they can accelerate the flow of land ice into the sea, but not every iceberg destabilizes an ice shelf, as in this case. Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.

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