The largest iceberg in the world comes from Antarctica

The new A-76 iceberg is the largest on the planet
Photo: European Space Agency

the biggest Ice mountain From the planet it came out Antarctica In the past few days, a piece of floating ice about 80 times the size of Manhattan has formed.

The iceberg on the western side of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, which is located in the Weddell Sea, has broken, according to information from the European Space Agency (ESA) published on Wednesday (19).

The glacier is shaped like a giant ki board, about 170 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide, which makes the piece of ice slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca.

The glacier release is part of its natural cycle, as large pieces of ice break up at regular intervals. Scientists do not link this movement to climate change, and instead believe that the natural cycle of iceberg formation in the region is underway.

After melting, a new iceberg will not increase the sea level precisely because it was part of an ice shelf, in the same way that a melted ice cube does not increase the level of the drink in your cup.

This makes icebergs like these different from glaciers or ice sheets on Earth that raise sea levels when they break into the ocean or melt.

If the Antarctic ice sheet melted completely, sea levels could rise by about 57 meters.

The European Space Agency said that polar oceanographer Keith Mackinson observed the iceberg for the first time last week, and the US National Ice Institute confirmed it using images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite from the European Space Agency.

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Now, the massive chunk of ice is officially known as the A-76. The name might sound a little boring to the world’s largest iceberg, but it does depend on the science. The European Space Agency said that the name of icebergs traditionally goes back to the Antarctic quadrant where they were first seen, followed by a number, and if the glacier broke, it would be named with a sequential letter.

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