An iceberg over a thousand kilometers in size broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf this Sunday (22).
The iceberg measures 1,550 km², a little more than the territorial area of the city of São Paulo. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the capital of São Paulo has approximately 1,521 km².
According to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the rupture is the second largest rupture in this area in the last two years.
According to the BAS, “the glaciological structure of the Brunt Ice Shelf is complex and the impact of break-off events is unpredictable”.
“This calving event was expected and is part of the natural behavior of the Brunt Ice Shelf. It is not related to climate change. Our science and operational teams continue to monitor the ice shelf in real time to ensure its safety,” said Professor Dominic Hodgson, BAS glaciologist.
Source: CNN Brasil
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