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September 24, 2017

Larsen C ice shelf calves iceberg four times the size of London

The Larsen C rift has finally broken off, casting a one-trillion ton chunk of ice out into the Weddell Sea.

The calving happened at some point between July 10th and July 12th. The ice colossus, about 6,000 sq. km. in size -one of the largest ever recorded- is now adrift.

Despite its massive volume, the iceberg was already floating, so it will have no impact on sea levels worlwide.

After the calving, the Larsen C ice shelf has been reduced in size by 12%. The event will also alter the Antarctic Peninsula landscape forever.

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