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dateline: 12 July 2017

Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • massive: very big
  • NASA: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (an American space agency)
  • split: a separation
  • satellite: a device that is launched into space and orbits earth
  • rift: a crack or split
  • break off: to become separated from a larger part
  • break up: to come apart in pieces

Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf

A NASA has confirmed that a massive iceberg the size of Jamaica has broken off from a floating Antarctic ice shelf known as Larsen C. Researchers had been predicting this split since last when a large rift was discovered. Scientists describe this process as “calfing” and are not yet blaming it on man-made global warming. They do, , believe the breaking off of this iceberg has resulted in a change to the earth’s . The iceberg, one of the world’s largest, could pose a major problem to the industry in the future as it breaks up.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How was this iceberg discovered?
  2. What did the iceberg break off from?
  3. What might happen when this iceberg breaks apart?

Discussion Questions: Why is it so important to monitor major changes in Antarctica?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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