Scientists have warned Sunday that a massive iceberg will soon collapse ̵
responded after a break, posing an uncertain future for scientific infrastructure and human presence on the shelf, which was first created in 1955, scientists wrote.
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As one apparent crack that emerged in October 2016 continues to evolve to the east, scientists have stated that their "more immediate concern" is the large gap that passes through through Brant's ice shelf. NASA said that although the split was "previously stable for about 35 years, this crack recently began to accelerate to the north as quickly as 4 kilometers (almost 2.5 miles) a year."
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When this rift moves to another crack, about 660 square kilometers of ice will break through the shelf, scientists warn. They said that at a time when it is most likely not to become the "top 20" of Antarctica's largest icebergs, "it may be the largest berg to break away from the Scottish Brent shelf, since observations began in 1915."
NASA scientists are watching "to make sure that the loss will lead to further changes to the shelf and may become unstable or collapse."