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Huge ice shelf breaks off of Antarctica

Last Updated 2 months ago by Devontae Jackson.

Image courtesy of COPERNICUS DATA/SENTINEL-1

An ice shelf spanning about 490 square miles broke away from Antarctica Friday. That is 8 times the square miles of Dayton which is 55.56 sq miles. So imagine putting 8 Dayton’s together, that’s how big it was. It happened near the British scientific outpost and they say they had been expecting such an event to happen for a long time. Which is why they had moved their outpost more inland. The ice was separated after it went through a process called calving. Water pressure and temperatures eventually caused the ice to break away.

The ice then floats away from Antarctica and into the sea. It is reported this helps balance the input of snow upstream. Scientists will continue to monitor the Amery Ice Shelf which is where this ice broke off from to see if it changes any geometry stress on the ice.


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