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One of the biggest icebergs on record, seven times the size of New York City, breaks off Antarctica; check out spectacular images

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Thu July 13 2017, 11:40 am
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    A trillion-tonne iceberg – one of the largest ever recorded - has broken away from Antarctica after many months of anticipation. This is one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded, more than seven times the size of New York City, triggering disagreement among scientists over whether global warming is to blame. (Reuters)

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    The calving of the 5,800 square kilometre iceberg leaves the Larsen C Ice Shelf reduced in area by more than 12 per cent, and the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula changed forever. (Reuters)

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    The event occurred sometime between July 10 and July 12, said researchers who had been monitoring the growing rift in the West Antarctic ice shelf for years. (Image: NASA)

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    The iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, weighs more than a trillion tonne. Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. (Image: NASA)

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    The final breakthrough of the rift was detected in data from NASA's Aqua MODIS satellite instrument, which images in the thermal infrared at a resolution of one kilometre and confirmed by NASA's Suomi VIIRS instrument. (Image: NASA)

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    The Larsen C Ice Shelf, which has a thickness of between 200 and 600 metres, floats on the ocean at the edge of The Antarctic Peninsula, holding back the flow of glaciers that feed into it. (Image: NASA)

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    The development of the rift over the last year was monitored using data from the European Space Agency Sentinel-1 satellites – part of the European Copernicus Space Component. (Image: NASA)

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    The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict. (Reuters)

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    There is a risk that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbour, Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event in 1995. (Reuters)

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    It may remain in one piece but is more likely to break into fragments. Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters. (Reuters)

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    Col MP Sen
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    Parti tion of Izumo, the Helicopter Carrier of Japan and reactions of Chinais nothing but an effort to single out Japan. It wants to hide it's raised hackles due to the Exercise Malabar. Individually, China had been meddling with all it's neighbour be it Japan or India and threatening them as a matter of practice. To neutralize Chinese expansionism in South China Sea, Senkaku island and brazen display of holliganism in Bhutan- Indian borders, USA- Japan -India collaboration and display of strategic unity has turned the table over China. It has been steadily solidifying it's presence in the Indian Ocean.It is pertinent to mention here that it is not the love with Pakistan that China investing $46 Bn on CPEC but it is the access to Gwadar port to ensure consolidated strategic presence with triangular deployment at Djibouti, Hambantota (Sri Lanka) and Gwadar along the Indian Ocean rim through which 60 of trade route passes through. Let's wait and watch, how this unfolds?
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      Col MP Sen
      Jul 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      For Par ion : Read Parti tion
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