ANTARCTICA. (THECOUNT) — Amery Ice Shelf, an iceberg located in Antarctica, reportedly broke off and is now floating out to sea.

The shelf, that is larger than the city of Los Angeles, is floating out in the ocean after breaking off.

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The 600-square-mile chuck, named D28, broke off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica last week, reports WFLA.

Scientists have been watching the area for two decades and expected an iceberg to break off five to ten years ago.

Experts aren’t linking this event to climate change. It is considered part of the ice shelf’s normal cycle.

But the 315 billion ton iceberg could disrupt global shipping, so it will be tracked.

Geo quick facts: Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins – wikipedia.

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