World's biggest 19 mile long iceberg has started breaking (pics +videos)
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These astonishing pictures of the biggest iceberg of this world starting to crack in Antarctica would take your breath away.

The crack runs as long as 19 mile in Pine Island Glacier's ice and you can imageine the vastness from the fact that this whole piece of ice is as big as New York which is now breaking off from Antarctica. The crack which is growing with the passage of time was just 18 miles long last month.

These images attached with the report were taken back in November last year by NASA's Terra spacecraft but are released today.

NASA has been monitoring the crack, which could be the first time scientists can see the birth of a huge iceberg. The rift is 95ft deep and 260 feet wide at some points while it is already 800 feet wide at other points.

Pine Island is of great importance for the scientists. First it is so big and secondly there is so much unpredictablilty regarding global sea level rise projections which makes it very different from other islands lying close to it.

Scientists discovered the crack by flying over it in a DC-8 plane in October. Once the iceberg breaks completely, it would cover about 350 square miles of surface area.

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