There is a fear in the scientific community that the collapse will allow currents from the ocean to wash away even more of the ice shelf. Some have speculated that the northern half of the shelf, which is about the size of Jamaica could become a giant iceberg.
Since the 1990’s the Wilkins Ice Shelf has been moving. Experts say though this is the first time that one of the links that keeps the shelf in place has crumbled.
David Vaughan, an expert in glaciers with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), said the bridge was intact two days ago.
“It’s amazing how the ice has ruptured,” he told the Reuters news agency. “We’ve waited a long time to see this.”