A recent report is showing that the most significant iceberg in the world has begun diminishing its dimensions. The giant iceberg is known by the scientists as the A-68 berg, whose sizes reach up to 1969 square miles.
The gigantic block of ice is reported as the giant free-floating iceberg for more than three years. Back in July 2017, the block of ice broke away from Antarctica and started its journey in the ocean’s waters.
Unfortunately, a piece measuring 67 square miles broke off of the iceberg on the 23rd of April. At the moment, the parts of ice are heading towards the South Atlantic Ocean, guided by the riding currents that are influencing its journey from the Arctic Peninsula.
Antarctica’s most massive iceberg is shrinking
Adrian Luckman is a researcher from the Swansea University who has been closely monitoring the journey of A-68. He has recently declared to BBC News that this fracture in its structure will result in the ending era of this giant block of ice.
In addition to this, he declared that he is quite intrigued about a long time that the iceberg managed to resist in the open sea all by itself. Its fragile structure proved to be, in the end, a great asset, and the block of ice already surpassed its life expectancy.
The evidence supporting the fracture of the iceberg was revealed by the Sentinel-1 satellite of the European Union. The researcher added that the final break-up is due to start soon, but the fragmented pieces will be floating in the ocean for a very long time from now on.
It is still unclear for scientists to determine the exact period that the vast iceberg will continue to exist at its actual size. The good news is that whenever the iceberg breaks, the small pieces will continue living for the upcoming ten years.