The massive 4,000,320 square kilometer piece of ice was recorded as the world’s largest iceberg after it broke. The iceberg, first detected by the UK Antarctic Survey, was photographed by ESA’s Sentinel-1 satellite.
The iceberg, dubbed A-76, has also been confirmed by the Maryland-based US National Ice Center. Images of the A-76 have also been posted on the ESA website.
Previously, another iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea had that title with the 3,380 square kilometer A-23A. The A-76 is 175 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide.
The giant iceberg is also larger than the famous Spanish tourist island of Mallorca, which measures 3,640 square kilometers in comparison.
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The names of icebergs take the first letter of Antarctica and then the numbers one after the other. If the iceberg is broken again, a consecutive letter is added at the end.
The glacier break is a natural cycle. But some ice shelves across Antarctica have experienced rapid fragmentation that scientists link to the climate crisis.