Massive Iceberg D28, Size of Sydney, Breaks off in Antarctica

Most recently, a huge chunk of ice has broken from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Although sciences do not attribute this calving to global warming, it is very significant. 

Massive Iceberg D28, Size of Sydney, Breaks off in Antarctica

A common phenomenon, especially after global warming, iceberg calving or glacier calving is the breaking of large ice chunks from an existing glacier. 

It is the sudden breaking or release of an ice mass from its parent glacier, iceberg, ice shelf, or ice front. 

Most recently, a huge chunk of ice has broken from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Although sciences do not attribute this calving to global warming, it is very significant. 

Called the D28, the broken iceberg has an area of almost 1600 sq. km, being almost 30 kms wide and 60 kms long. 

Captured by Copernicus Sentinel-1, it's said to have a mass of over 300 billion tonnes. The captured and shares images show the before and after of the iceberg breaking away.

The calving which is estimated to have taken place between 22nd and 25th September is said to be the largest calving of the Amery Ice Shelf in over five decades. 

Stay tuned for more information.