The world’s largest iceberg is drifting in the Weddell Sea, according to data from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Britain’s Antarctic Survey Agency. The facility measures 4,320 square kilometers, four times the size of New York City. The mountain was christened as A-76, and the Antarctic Ronne Ice Shelf cut off.
The British Antarctic Survey was the first to discover a giant iceberg. The object was also captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite, which posted photos of it on its website and social media.
The glacier has an area of 4,320 square kilometers, is 175 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide.
For comparison, New York has an area of 1,213 square kilometers, and Mallorca 3,640 square kilometers. This makes the A-76 the largest existing iceberg in the world – Exceeds the A-23A, which is also drifting in the Weddell Sea and has an area of 3,380 square kilometers.
The Rhone Glacier, from which the glacier originated, is located on the Antarctic Peninsula. It is one of the largest floating ice sheets.
Scientists suggest that some Antarctic ice shelves have disintegrated rapidly in recent years, which may be linked to climate change.