Britain’s Antarctic investigation center has announced that a 1,550 square kilometer iceberg has ruptured from the 150-metre-thick Brunt Ice Shelf. In a press release on Monday, it was emphasized that the iceberg was about the size of London.
Iceberg the size of London breaks from Antarctica
The British Center for Antarctic Studies (BAS) stated that the 1,550 square kilometer iceberg broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf, which is 150 meters thick and located on the Antarctic coast, on Sunday, and underlined that this is the second break in the region in the last two years.
BAS emphasized that they are waiting for the iceberg to break and this is not a result of climate change. It was stated that the breaking iceberg was about the size of London and its regions.
BAS Director Professor Dame Jane Francis said: “Our glaciologists and operations teams anticipated this event. Measurements of the ice sheet are performed several times a day using an automated network of high-precision GPS instruments surrounding the station. These measure how the ice sheet deforms and moves and is compared to satellite images from ESA, NASA and the German satellite TerraSAR-X. ” All data is sent back to Cambridge for analysis so we know what’s going on even in the Antarctic winter.”