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    This is Currently the World’s Largest Iceberg

    A gigantic chunk of ice recently broke off from an ice shelf in Antarctica, and is currently the world’s largest iceberg. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, measures around 4,320 square km (1,670 square miles) in size. At 170 km (106 miles) in length and 25 km (15 miles) wide, the iceberg is slightly larger than the …
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    You might even call it "Titanic"...

    Too soon?

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    Like the last "largest iceberg", it resembles a credit card in it's dimensions. Compared to it's length, it is very thin.

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    I'd call something like this more of an "ice island" than a "berg"!
    And to continue the credit card analogy, I suspect it is relatively thicker in the vertical dimension.
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    If only there was a way to know the depth

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    Oh wait ....

    170 km in length and 25 km wide

    150 metres thick

    Way thinner than a credit card

    More like paper, like tissue paper

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    I've never seen 150 meter thick paper!
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    Interesting factoid, but (if my admittedly poor calculating skills are correct) if we were the size of small bacteria (like 2 microns), a piece of paper would (relatively speaking) look to be about 150 meters thick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I've never seen 150 meter thick paper!
    If the sheet of paper was 170 km in length and 25 km wide, you just might

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    Or to look at it another way, it is curved around the Earth so at 170 km I make the bend 560 m, much more than the thickness.
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    So it's a bent piece of very thin paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigabyte View Post
    So it's a bent piece of very thin paper
    Yes, scaling is important! It scales like that but a paper model might not make good predictions of its future.
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    I should have said "slightly curved very thin piece of paper"

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