Paris (dpa) - Three years after its formation, a huge iceberg drifts in the middle of the South Atlantic and threatens to disintegrate. This is reported by the European space agency Esa. The path of the colossus is followed with the help of satellites.

The iceberg with the designation A68-A detached itself from the Larsen Ice Shelf on July 12, 2017 on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. He is now 1050 kilometers from this point near the South Orkney Islands, said Esa.

The iceberg was originally twice the size of Luxembourg - making it one of the largest known icebergs in history. After losing two chunks of ice, it is now a little less huge. And now that it is in harsher waters, it could break further, writes the Esa.

The iceberg has had the name A68-A since the secession - the broken icebergs are called A68-B and A68-C. The name consists of a letter for the region of origin and a serial number. The letter stands for the quadrant in which the iceberg was discovered. The iceberg was originally named A68.

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