Delaware-sized Antarctic iceberg is on the move

An Antarctic iceberg that is roughly the size of Delaware is on the move, reports Newsweek.

Known as A-68, the behemoth chunk of ice broke free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in July of 2017 and, until recently, hadn’t made any significant shifts, notes the BBC.

That changed a couple of months ago when it started to rotate.

“It might have been shaken loose by winds or ocean currents, or it might be that the natural thinning process (from both melting and the flow of the ice) has lifted the bottom of the iceberg off the sea bed,” Martin O’Leary, a scientist with Project MIDAS, told Earther. “In any case, it looks like the berg is now a lot more free to move about, so it will probably continue to rotate, and to move out to sea.”

Where it will go from there is unknown, but there is a possibility that the iceberg will hit the ice shelf with enough force to break away chunks that are likely to spread.