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15th of November 2018

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Iceberg five times bigger than Manhattan breaks off glacier in Antarctica

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A huge iceberg five times the size of Manhattan island has broken off one of Antarctica’s glaciers.

It cracked away from the Pine Glacier in late October, and has now been pictured for the first time.

The glacier, named B-46, covers around 115 square miles.

Here it is:

NG News - exclusive photos: A giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica 001 Curving ice canyons mark the edge of the new iceberg, dubbed B-46, as it breaks off the thick, floating ice shelf of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. In the foreground lies broken sea ice on the dark surface of the Amundsen Sea. PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the National Geographic article, "Exclusive photos: A giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica", and exclusively in conjunction thereof. No copying, distribution or archiving permitted. Sub-licensing, sale or resale is prohibited. REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as provided. Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing the article are subject to paid licensing Required, a link back to the original article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/exclusive-first-pictures-of-iceberg-five-times-the-size-of-manhattan/ Images may be found here: **Branding May Not Be Removed** Mandatory Usage Requirements: You may use a Max of 2 Images online 1. Must include mandatory photo credit: Photographs by Thomas Prior / National Geographic 2. Must include prominent link back to the National Geographic story 3. Must include a mention that this is a National Geographic exclusive at the top of your piece Credit: Photographs by Thomas Prior / National Geographic It covers about 115 square miles (Picture: National Geographic) NG News - exclusive photos: A giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica 005 Large sections of B-46 float in front of the Pine Island ice shelf. Scientists worry that the entire ice shelf might one day disintegrate, unleashing the glacier behind it. PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the National Geographic article, "Exclusive photos: A giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica", and exclusively in conjunction thereof. No copying, distribution or archiving permitted. Sub-licensing, sale or resale is prohibited. REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as provided. Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing the article are subject to paid licensing Required, a link back to the original article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/exclusive-first-pictures-of-iceberg-five-times-the-size-of-manhattan/ Images may be found here: **Branding May Not Be Removed** Mandatory Usage Requirements: You may use a Max of 2 Images online 1. Must include mandatory photo credit: Photographs by Thomas Prior / National Geographic 2. Must include prominent link back to the National Geographic story 3. Must include a mention that this is a National Geographic exclusive at the top of your piece Credit: Photographs by Thomas Prior / National Geographic It’s called B-46 (Picture: National Geographic) Iceberg 5X Size of Manhattan Breaks from Antarctica Let’s put that in perspective (Picture: Getty) 

Pine Island Glacier, sitting along the Amundsen Sea, is one of the fastest changing in the world.

As the glacier melts, largely due to warm seawater that’s being driven under its floating shelf by changing winds and currents, it contributes significantly to global sea level rise.

Major icebergs have now calved from the glacier in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

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Before this the flow was much slower, with the icebergs like this calving away only about every six years.

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