A giant iceberg headed toward Australia from its origin in Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica is breaking into small parts and slowly dissolving as it drifts closer to the Australian shores.
The island-sized iceberg measures about 140 square kilometers and it was spotted around 1,700 kilometers away from south-south west of Australia's western coast.
Australia has warned sea crafts in the area to watch out for the giant iceberg, code named B17B.
"There are now many more smaller icebergs calving off B17B, measuring up to several kilometres in length, and spread over more than a thousand kilometres of ocean," said
Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist Neal Young.
Young, who has tracked B17B using satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency, said the iceberg was some 400 square kilometres in area and 40 metres high when it first broke off from Antarctica.
The monster iceberg is expected to break into small pieces and dissolve as it reaches warm water but its hard to say when it will finally dissolve and disappear in the ocean.
The iceberg broke apart from the eastern end of Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica some 10 years ago and slowly inches into the shores toward the sea lanes of Australia.
Environmentalists say that the breaking of the giant iceberg has something to do with climate change which is caused by man made pollutants resulting from industrialization and the seeming indifference of some developed countries to seriously address the lingering issue of climate change.
A more serious attempt to address the issue of climate change is shown in the gathering of world leaders in Copenhagen where problems are being discussed and possible solutions being looked into by scientists and environmentalists .