The ice sheet breaking away is massive: about 6,600 square kilometers.
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A chunk of ice bigger than the U.S. state of Delaware is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images revealed Wednesday. When it finally calves from the Larsen C ice shelf, one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history will be set adrift – some 6,600 square kilometers in total, according to the European Space Agency.The iceberg's depth below sea level could be as much as 210 meters, or about 60 stories, it said.The nearby Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995, and Larsen B dramatically broke up seven years later.
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