The iceberg that was once the largest in the world is no more.
The A68, as it was known, covered about 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles) when it broke away from Antarctica in 2017.
It’s like a small country; It is about a quarter the size of Wales.
But the satellite shows that the mega-berg is now virtually gone, with countless smaller pieces that the U.S. National Ice Center says are no longer worth tracking.
The A68 was carved from the Larson Sea ice shelf at the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula and was barely removed for a year. But then it began to flow northwards with increasing currents and strong currents.
The billion-ton block travels a familiar route to South Georgia, a southern British overseas region of the South Atlantic route to the small island where most of the largest icebergs die.
Trapped in the local shallow, they slowly melt away.
But this man was somehow able to escape that special fate.
Instead, it was the waves, the warm water, and the high air temperatures of the Atlantic that eventually engulfed the A68. It’s just gotten smaller and smaller into pieces.
“It’s amazing how long the A68 lasted,” said Adrian Luckman from Swansea University.
“If you think about the thickness ratio – it’s like four pieces of A4 paper stacked on top of each other. So this thing is incredibly flexible and brittle as it goes around the ocean. It lasted for years but eventually, it broke down to four to five. They also break down into pieces.