A massive iceberg, weighing in at 1 trillion tons and about half the size of Connecticut, has broken away from Antarctica, scientists reported today. The New York Post reports that the loose iceberg will create a hazard for ships traveling in the area as it breaks apart.
The iceberg reportedly measures 2,239 square miles. It “calved away from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey,” The Post reports.
The report notes that the iceberg has been threatening to break away for a few months. “Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using European Space Agency satellites,” The Post reports.
The experts say the iceberg’s future is hard to predict, but some of the ice may remain in the area for decades while other chunks might drift into warmer waters.