The world’s first ‘ floating island’


In the early hours of March 11, 2020, a large section of an iceberg the size of Manhattan broke off from the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica and floated away. The iceberg, which has been dubbed “Iceberg A-68A”, is currently drifting in the Weddell Sea and is expected to eventually make its way north into the Atlantic Ocean.

This event marks the first time in recorded history that a floating island has been observed in the open ocean. Icebergs are typically found in polar regions and are usually associated with ice shelves, which are areas of permanent ice that extend from land out into the ocean. However, this particular iceberg is unique in that it is floating entirely on its own in the open ocean.

The iceberg is currently about the size of Manhattan and is expected to shrink in size as it melts. It is not expected to pose any immediate threat to shipping or land, but its mere existence is a fascinating phenomenon.

The world’s first floating island is a truly remarkable event. It is a reminder of the power of nature and the ever-changing environment in which we live. It is also a sign of the profound impact that climate change is having on our planet.

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