The world's largest iceberg has broken and headed towards the Southern Ocean

The world’s largest iceberg has broken and headed towards the Southern Ocean

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The world’s largest iceberg is slipping for the first time in more than three decades, scientists said Friday.

At about 4,000 square km (1,500 sq mi), the Antarctic iceberg, named A23a, is about three times the size of New York City.

Since breaking away from West Antarctica’s Filchner-Rhône Ice Shelf in 1986, the iceberg – which once housed a Soviet research station – has remained largely stranded after its base became stuck on the bottom of the Weddell Sea.

not anymore. Recent satellite images show that the rock, weighing approximately one trillion metric tons, is now moving rapidly towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula with the help of strong winds and currents.

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