Iceberg FIVE times the size of Malta breaks off glacier in Antarctica

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Iceberg FIVE times the size of Malta breaks off glacier in Antarctica - the largest in 50 years - but experts aren't blaming climate change Iceberg, classified as D28, is  631 square miles in area and 688 feet thick Nicknamed, Loose Tooth, it recently broke off the Amery ice shelf in Antarctica  Scientists were expecting this event to occur between 2010 and 2015 Said the event is not related to  climate change 

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:59 BST, 30 September 2019 | Updated: 23:59 BST, 30 September 2019

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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.

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

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. 

WHAT IS A CALVING EVENT? 

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

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