We wrote last week that an iceberg the size of London’s surface had separated from Antarctica. Some new satellite images have now been launched on the huge iceberg.
The glacier is named “A-74”, after the quarter in Antarctica where the glacier was originally, and has an area of 1,270 square kilometers. In comparison, Stockholm has an area of about 188 square kilometers. However, the A-74 was far from the largest iceberg that separated from Antarctica. Arthur writes that the A-68 that separated in Antarctica in 2017 was about five times larger than the A-74.
The A-74 is currently stationary largely off the coast of Antarctica. This makes it difficult for researchers to predict where the glacier is heading if it begins to slide away from its current location. However, scientists have a scenario for what might happen, says Mark Drinkwater of the European Space Agency (ESA):
“During the following weeks and months, the glacier in the fast coastal flow flowing southwest could recede, drift, or cause further damage by hitting the Southern Brent Ice Shelf. So we will carefully monitor the situation using data provided by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.” .
Above, you can check the newly captured satellite image on the A-74, and below you can check the size of the iceberg compared to the US city of Chicago.