Antarctic Mertz Glacier To Break Off Near Commonwealth Bay

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It’s a recurring story in the news we’re all getting far too accustomed to hearing: another enormous iceberg is breaking off a glacier. This time it’s the Mertz Glacier near Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica, and it’s holding enough freshwater to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times over.Glacier Iceberg BreakingIt’s a recurring story in the news we’re all getting far too accustomed to hearing: another enormous iceberg is breaking off a glacier. This time it’s the Mertz Glacier near Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica, and it’s holding enough freshwater to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times over. If that doesn’t mean much to you, try and imagine its size based on its dimensions: it measures over 75 km long, 25 km wide, and 500 metres thick. Scientists are still holding back on blaming climate change for the event, so there’s still a chance it could be a perfectly natural event. Unfortunately, that’s still a lot of lost ice.

Photo credit: Reuters/University of Colorado: Konrad Steffen

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