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ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea

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The iceberg, known as A68, "calved off " from the enormous Larsen Ice Shelf, in the Antarctic's Weddell Sea, exposing the seabed.
The Sabrina Coast, and nearby Aurora Basin, were identified by the study as regions in the ice shelf that were under immediate risk of heavy melting.
Scientists will now have opportunities to study the stability of the remaining ice shelf, as well as understanding how biological communities occupy the newly exposed ocean and underlying seabed areas.
Researchers who have been monitoring a huge crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, which had left a vast iceberg more than a quarter the size of Wales "hanging by a thread", say the rift has finally completed its path through the ice.
The calving of this iceberg leaves the Larsen C ice shelf reduced in area by more than 12 percent, and the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula changed forever," the team added.
Scientists who have been observing the growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf for months announced Wednesday that the trillion-ton iceberg had finally broken away at some point in the last two days.
Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites.
The Landsat 8 images showed two parallel breaks in the ice running across the middle of the Pine Island Glacier, 20 miles in from the ice shelf's edge-an unusual location because "rifts usually form at the margins of an ice shelf, where the ice is thin and subject to shearing that rips it apart," Howat explains.
In the end, these glass images, submerged in water will disappear, and like the ice shelf they will disintegrate, become nothing, not a trace left.
Larsen C neighbors a smaller ice shelf that disintegrated in 2002 after developing a rift similar to the one now growing in Larsen C.
This has already occurred in places like the Antarctic Peninsula where we have observed warming and abrupt ice shelf collapses in the last few decades,he added.
Scientists have spotted the mortal wound that could prompt the collapse of Antarctica's fourth-largest ice shelf.
Washington, May 18 (Petra) -- One of the last remaining sections of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is dramatically weakening, according to a new NASA study.
Total T ice shelf volume around the continent changed very little from 1994 to 2003, then went into rapid decline.