The A68 ice mass, separated from Antarctica in 2017, lost three large fragments this month off the South Georgia Islands.
The A68a is still the largest iceberg in the world today, but the size of its main core has been reduced by almost half in the last week after the dismemberment of three of its outer parts.
The data released by the European Space Agency on December 23, indicate that the main part of the iceberg currently has an area of 2,606 square kilometers, while at the time of its formation, in July 2017, it had about 5,664 square kilometers. .
The gigantic island of floating ice has rotated off the coast of South Georgia Island by colliding with underwater rocks, and has lost the fragments that experts have cataloged with the letters d, f and e.
The letter a (for A68a) is still the one that gives its name to the main core of the iceberg while fragments b and c were detached months before, at the beginning of the movement between the Antarctic Ocean and the South Atlantic.
The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed from the images of its satellites that the A68a iceberg has broken into several pieces, with a fragment of ice that has already moved away from the main part and two masses in the process of separation.