HMS Protector came across an iceberg the size of Bristol, say the Royal Navy.
The iceberg was 11 miles long and five wide.
According to the Royal Navy in a news release:
“The Plymouth-based ship is coming to the end of a deployment to update maps and charts of the seas around Antarctica, support scientists in remote research stations on the frozen continent, and help experts study the effects of global warming on one of the world’s largest glaciers.
She was making for the sunken volcano on Deception Island after helping British Antarctic Survey scientists conduct geological work around Cape Melville in the South Shetland Islands – 500 miles from the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn – when she came across the mammoth berg.”
The iceberg is believed to be one given an official designation by scientists – A57A. It broke away from the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea – some 1,100 miles from where Protector encountered it – more than a decade ago.
From observations from other Antarctic travellers and explorers, it looks like it is melting at a rate of about nine per cent of its size at present, say the Royal Navy.