Berg the size of Luxembourg drifts into a slab of coastal ice, cracking off a 5-kilometer chunk.
Iceberg strikes Antarctica
Scientists for some time had been expecting the B-15A iceberg to strike the Drygalski ice tongue, according to the European Space Agency. Last week, the waiting ended. On Friday, the ESA captured this image of the iceberg breaking off a piece of the ice tongue that's 5 kilometers long. The ESA says that maps of Antarctica should be altered to reflect the change.
The B-15A iceberg is 115 kilometers long, according to the ESA. Its area is greater than 2,500 square kilometers, which makes it larger than Luxembourg. Since January, the berg has been drifting near the Drygalski ice tongue, which is about 70 kilometers long.
This photo, taken on Feb. 22, shows B-15A as it neared the ice tongue. The B-15A iceberg was once part of a larger berg, called the B-15, that was formed when it broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000, according to the ESA. Before the B-15 berg broke into smaller pieces, it was about the size of Jamaica.