Largest recorded iceberg — more than three times the size of Los Angeles — breaks off from Antarctica

Largest recorded iceberg — more than three times the size of Los Angeles — breaks off from Antarctica

The world’s largest iceberg has broken off from Antarctica, the European Space Agency reported.  

The 1,667-square-mile block of ice is more than three times the size of Los Angeles.  

Images were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel 1 mission after it calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea, ESA reported.   

Iceberg calving is the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier and a natural process that will not lead to rises in sea levels because it was already a part of a floating ice shelf.  

“What might not be natural is the rate at which it is happening, the acceleration of the process. That is where we see what might be our human influence,” Aleksandra Mazur told National Geographic in 2019. 

The iceberg, A-76, took first place from another iceberg that broke off in the Weddell Sea that measured 1,498 square miles. 

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The world's largest iceberg calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica. (Photo: European Space Agency)

A-76 was spotted by the British Antarctic Survey and confirmed by the U.S. National Ice Center.  

ESA said icebergs are traditionally named from the Antarctic quadrant in which they were originally sighted, then a sequential number, then, if the iceberg breaks, a sequential letter. 

In February another iceberg larger than New York City broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  

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