Scientists say a rapidly deepening crack in the Antarctic ice shelves may lead to the breakaway of what’s presumed to be one of the world’s largest icebergs.
Experts say the new fissure is growing more rapidly than expected and has recently turned toward the ocean edge of the ice shelf.
This means that the crack can create an iceberg as large as 5,000-square-kilometer once it completely shears off. The massive rift is on the Larsen C ice shelf in the east coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula.
It gained attention after growing dramatically in 2014 and has been warned about numerous times. The predicted breakaway can happen summer and is said to be a significant risk to the stability of the whole ice shelf. Glaciologists say that the event is reasonably linked to shrinking ice shelves as a result of global warming.