By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:59 BST, 30 September 2019 | Updated: 23:59 BST, 30 September 2019
An iceberg five times the size of Malta has broken off Antarctica.
The D28 iceberg was captured by the European Union Earth Observation Program calving from the Amery ice shelf.
Known as 'Loose Tooth', this iceberg is 688 feet thick and contains 347 billion tons of ice –scientists are not connecting this event to climate change, but have concerns about ships traveling in its path.
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An iceberg five times the size of Malta has broken off Antarctica. The D28 iceberg was captured by the European Union Earth Observation Program calving from the Amery ice shelf
Although some may point to climate change as the cause for the separation, Scripps and her team say this event is not linked to it.
Scientists have said that this is a natural event and this is how 'ice streams maintain equilibrium, balancing the input of snow upstream', according to BBC NEWS.
Glacier calving is a natural occurrence caused by the forward motion of a glacier making its end unstable.
During a calving event, part of the end of a glacier drops off, often forming an iceberg.
Calving of glaciers is often accompanied by a loud cracking or booming sound before blocks of ice up to 60 metres (200 ft) high break loose and crash into the water.
The entry of this ice into the water can cause