Enormous Iceberg Breaks Off Of Antarctica
According to scientists on Wednesday, one of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it slowly breaks up. Scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey say the iceberg, measuring 5,800 square kilometers and weighing over one trillion tons, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf sometime between July 10th and 12th. While the peninsula is situated outside major trade routes, it remains a destination for cruise ships visiting from South America. In 2009, more than 150 passengers and crew had to be evacuated after the MTV Explorer sank following a collision with an iceberg off the Antarctic peninsula.
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