How Big Is the Larsen C Iceberg Compared to New York City?

Al Harris
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An iceberg twice the size of Long Island has broken free from Antarctica.

The iceberg cleaved away on July 12 from an area known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf. The cleaving is a naturally occuring process, but icebergs this big are rare.

Just how big is it exactly?

The breakaway ice covers a whopping 2,200 square miles, that’s enough to cover the five boroughs of New York City seven times over:


That is about the same size of Delaware, or the equivalent of 100 Manhattans.

The iceberg packs enough ice to fill Lake Erie twice over.  Put another way, it would take up as much space as 1,657 Empire State Buildings.

Here is how it stacks up to some other parts of the U.S.:



Austin / San Antonio


Grand Canyon


San Francisco


The break has been on its way for a long time, with the main crack in the ice visible since the 1960s. Icebergs breaking away from the continent is a natural process in Antarctica, and not a new phenomenon brought about by climate change.

However scientists warn that climate change could prevent new ice from forming in the years to come. For more check out the NASA Earth Observatory


Editor's Note: This article was originally published on July 17, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Al Harris

Alexander Harris is a reporter covering the business of self-storage. He obtained his degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. He loves reading Elmore Leonard novels and listening to classic country music. You can call him Al.
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