Scientists tracking iceberg twice size of Atlanta

NASA’s Aqua satellite imaged the iceberg, at the top of the bay, that was part of the Pine Island Glacier.

(Credit: NASA)

If you’re in dire need of ice for your next party, set sail for Antarctica.

An iceberg about twice the size of the city of Atlanta broke off from the Pine Island Glacier and scientists fear it may threaten shipping in the Southern Ocean as it moves into open waters.

The vast block has an area of about 270 square miles, about the size of Singapore. It recently put about a mile between itself and the glacier after a rift formed in July.

When it makes its way out of Pine Island Bay in West Antarctica, it could drift toward the Drake Passage between the continent and the tip of South America.

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