One Frozen Thing: The New Largest Iceberg

Image: European Space Agency

The largest iceberg ever recorded broke off Antarctica this past week — and amazingly, climate change was not responsible.  The iceberg, which is known by its number —  A76 — naturally separated from Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea. The creation of new icebergs is called “calving,” and even though this is a normal process, in this case, it does raise concerns about the issue of ice loss at both poles, according to M Jackson, a glaciologist and an explorer with the National Geographic Society. But there will not be any sea-level rise associated with A76 because an iceberg displaces the same amount of water whether it is frozen or melted.

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