Satellite Map Shows World's Largest Iceberg Trajectory After Break-Off

The world's largest iceberg, known as A-68a, is currently drifting towards the Weddell Sea in Antarctica.

The iceberg, which is nearly the size of Jamaica, broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 2016. It has since been tracked by satellites as it drifts through the Southern Ocean.

In May 2021, A-68a narrowly avoided colliding with South Georgia Island, a remote island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean.


A-68a is not the only large iceberg to break off from Antarctica in recent years. In fact, the number of large icebergs has been on the rise in recent decades.

For example, icebergs can disrupt ocean currents and affect the distribution of plankton and other marine life. They can also pose a hazard to shipping.

The ongoing calving of large icebergs is a reminder of the fragility of the Antarctic ice sheet and the potential impacts of climate change on this important region.

The iceberg is approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles) long and 25 kilometers (16 miles) wide.


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