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Enormous ice shelf snaps off in Arctic

The ice island is about 37 metres thick and measures roughly 15 kilometres by five kilometres. That’s the size of a small city, or larger than 11,000 football fields.

The island is now stuck in the winter ice, but the researchers believe it is just a matter of time before it is freed and floats away. They say the ice island could become a potential hazard to navigation and oil and gas extraction if it sails south towards the Beaufort Sea.

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