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Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) report that the floating Larsen Ice Shelf lost three major pieces earlier this year. Situated along the Antarctic Peninsula, the ice shelf lost two sections, each about 1,000 square kilometers - when they disintegrated into myriad icy fragments. An even larger block calved off to form a mammoth iceberg, according to David Vaughan, a BAS glaciologist. The berg measures 78 Km by 37 Km and has a thickness of 200 meters. It is almost as large as the state of Rhode Island.


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