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- May 19, 2009
More @ https://www.universetoday.com/141570/antarctica-is-about-to-unleash-an-iceberg-twice-the-size-of-new-york-city/An ice shelf in Antarctica is about to give birth to a baby. This baby is a giant, spawned by growing cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf. It’s not clear what this’ll mean to the scientific infrastructure in the area, and to the human presence, which were both established in the 1950s.
The Brunt Ice Shelf is located in the Coats Land area on the coast of the Waddell Sea in Antarctica. There are massive cracks in the ice there, which are about to create an iceberg over twice the size of New York City. One of the cracks is called the Halloween Crack because it first appeared near the end of October 2016.
The Halloween crack and the soon-to-be-calved iceberg are part of a bigger story in Antarctica.
In 1956, the British set up the Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf. It was set up there to study Earth’s atmosphere, and in 1985 scientists at Halley discovered the ozone hole. Over the years since it was established, it has been moved several times due to the threat posed by chasms and cracks in the ice.