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dateline: 12 July 2017

Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf

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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.

6 Comments on Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf

  1. Alberto says:

    It is esencial to monitor changes in Antarctica because every piece of ice melted will result in an increase of the sea level.

  2. Linda says:

    hi I am Nutt now I’m live in laos,ASIA I would like to have the people are foreigner

  3. Bijan says:


    Maybe, this my below sentence will be correct:
    Tehran is 730 square kilometers in area.

    Thanks and have a great weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

  4. Bijan says:

    Hi again Tara,

    A few seconds ago, I read an interesting subject about the iceberg on an Iranian website that I would like to share it with you and your students.

    The website says (in accordance with BBC news) the iceberg is Eight times bigger than Tehran (capital of Iran).
    Here is the link:

    I have to tell you that Tehran has 730 kilometers, so the iceberg should be nearly 6000 kilometers.

    The iceberg is very very big and the shipping industry should be very careful there.

    In addition, I hope you and Sir Josef visit Tehran soon and I show you many beautiful places of Tehran.

    Thanks again for choosing the best news for your students,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf,

  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    Firstly, thanks for this beautiful news report.

    Secondly, I think the shipping industry should help from the satellites for the major problem in the future because as you have explained a NASA satellite has confirmed the subject.

    May be, the satellites can warn about the problem in advance.

    I wish you love and happiness.
    All the best,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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