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Larsen C

24 June 2017
By Rachel Pells

An ice shelf the size of Bali (click here for video - thank you) is days away from breaking off into the Antarctic ocean, scientists have warned.

At 5,000 square kilometres – equivalent to the US state of Delaware - the iceberg will be one of the biggest ever recorded by scientists observing the frozen subcontinent.

For months, researchers have been watching a crack spreading some 175 kilometres across the section of the Larsen C ice shelf at an alarming rate.

Just 13 kilometres of ice now remains attached to the main area, leaving it hanging like a thread.

It's keeping us all on tenterhooks,“ Andrew Fleming of the British Antarctic Survey told Reuters earlier this week, adding ”it feels like a niggling tooth“ of a child as it comes loose....