Trillion tonne iceberg four times the size of London breaks off Antarctica

Staggering footage which captured a trillion-tonne iceberg for the first time has been filmed by a British student.

The newly detached iceberg is FOUR TIMES the size of London and was recorded by Ella Gilbert, a PhD Antarctic research student from London on the very first science flight over it.

The so-called A68 iceberg broke away from the Antarctica Peninsula late last year, resulting in the ice shelf losing 12 percent of its size.

It is said to measure a whopping 5,800 sq km and the British Antarctic Survey are the first to conduct a science flight in the hope of further understanding greenhouse gases between the ocean and the atmosphere.



The footage was actually filmed last December during a six week campaign, but has only just come to light.

It features picturesque snowy mountain tops, the Larsen C Ice Shelf that is reminiscent of ‘The Wall’ from Game of Thrones , and the smaller icebergs spawned floating on top of the -10 degree Celsius deep blue ocean.

Ella, from London, said: "This experience was mind-blowing and the most incredible thing I’ve ever done in my entire life, most certainly as a scientist.

"I was part of an atmospheric research campaign measuring the exchange of heat, energy and greenhouse gases between the top layer of the ocean and the bottom layer of the atmosphere. This will help us understand melting icecaps a little better.

"I care deeply about this because greenhouse gases are responsible for causing climate change, just like carbon dioxide.


"We saw the widening gap between Larsen C and the A68 iceberg as the berg slowly drifted away, creating smaller sized icebergs in the process.

"It’s the only science flight that’s ever been done since the A68 iceberg broke off.

"We flew in the gap between the ice shelf and the new iceberg to measure what was going on over this newly exposed bit of ocean, which has been covered with ice for probably 100,000 years."

"It didn’t quite sink in until afterwards that we were the first and only team to conduct research there.

"It is amazing knowing that we made history – I was the only person filming, so to my knowledge, this is the first and only direct footage of A68."

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