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Sentinel-1B satellite radar image of the large iceberg (right), known as A-68, that has broken off of the Larsen C ice shelf in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. The iceberg has an area of around 6,000 square kilometres, more than 10 per cent of the area of the ice shelf. As ice shelves float, the calving of the iceberg will not lead to immediate changes in sea level. However, the presence of an ice shelf slows the seaward flow of glaciers and ice streams. Loss of part of the ice shelf could lead to increased flow that could raise sea levels. Image obtained on 12 July 2017.
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