Larsen C

Ships venturing into Antarctic waters have been warned to watch out for icebergs after a one trillion tonnes iceberg broke away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the edge of the Antarctica Peninsula.

On July 12, Swansea University said the 5,800 sq km section of Larsen C finally broke away between July 10 and July 12. Although the iceberg is not currently close to any of the major shipping lanes, it is likely that it will break into fragments with parts of it drifting north into warmer waters. Expedition cruise ships heading to Antarctica are cautioned to remain vigilant.

Dr Martin O’Leary, a Swansea University glaciologist, said the breaking away is a natural event and was believed not to be linked to human-induced climate change.

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