Iceberg the size of Delaware is ‘hanging by a thread’ in Antarctica – and it could lead to a 10cm rise in global sea levels
Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose 1,900 square miles (5,000 square kilometres)
Last month, a rift in the ice shelf grew suddenly by around 11 miles (18km)
The crack cuts through the ice shelf but does not go all the way across
When it breaks away it will be in the 10 biggest icebergs ever recorded
By SHIVALI BEST
6 January 2017
An massive iceberg is poised to break off from an ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have revealed.
The Larsen C Ice Shelf is primed to lose an area of more than 1,900 square miles (5,000 square kilometres), after a rift in the ice shelf grew suddenly by around 11 miles (18 km) in the second half of December.
This makes it the size of Delaware or around a quarter the size of Wales.
Just 12 miles (20km) of ice now connects the vast iceberg to the rest of the shelf, according to researchers from the Midas project, which has been studying the stability of the Larsen C Ice Shelf for three years.