Just How Big Is Antarctica's Newly Broken-Off Iceberg?

Very, very big.

The iceberg that has been threatening to break from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has finally made its move. lt is now officially one of the largest icebergs ever recorded—more than 120 miles long, 1,100 feet thick, 2,240 square miles in area, and 230 cubic miles in volume.

Just how big is that? Reporters around the world are figuring out comparisons for an object this large for their readers. It is …

The iceberg also contains “almost four times as much ice as the fast melting island of Greenland loses in a year,” according to the Washington Post.

What else? The iceberg is …

And it would take approximately 1.34 trillion years for a normal refrigerator to create that much ice.

The iceberg is, by any measure, very large. It will be around for a good while, as it drifts slowly into the sea, breaks up, sings, and melts away.

The last piece of the #LarsenC breakup is nicely shown in high resolution in #Sentinel1. Farewell iceberg A68! @ESA_EO @MIDASOnIce pic.twitter.com/FUzZUlT4E8

— Stef Lhermitte (@StefLhermitte) July 12, 2017