An aircraft in the UK’s RAF has taken photos of the planet’s largest iceberg as it drifted over the South Atlantic Ocean.
The sprawling 4,200-sq-km mass, also known as A68a, was on track to the island of South Georgia.
The iceberg’s sheer size meant it was not possible to catch its entirety at a single shot in the A400M aircraft, according to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), which conducted the assignment.
However, the reconnaissance supplied a “close up” vision of their mass and surrounding oceans for observers and scientists to examine.
It managed to detect” with unprecedented detail” fractures and fissures inside the primary body of this iceberg.
“I know I speak on behalf of each one the team involved when I state that is surely a special and unforgettable undertaking to participate in,” said Squadron Leader Michael Wilkinson, the officer commanding the fleet.
The A68a would normally have drawn the eye of the many cruise ships from the sea during the summer, but on account of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, cruise boat traffic has been minimal this season.
“Tabular icebergs and debris” were seen breaking off from the primary structure, which might pose a danger to patrol vessels such as Royal Navy boats, the BFSAI explained.
The force shared information gathered by the A400M with the two Authorities of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) that are following the progress of the A68a
“The vision stills, video footage, and visual observations will assist in forecasting the iceberg’s future behavior and discovering the scale of this threat to the neighborhood region,” BFSAI stated in a Facebook post.