OREANDA-NEWS  The world's largest iceberg A23a drifted into clean water in the Southern Ocean, the press service of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AANI) reported on Tuesday.

As scientists expect, the fate of the iceberg will be decided in the near future.

"According to the specialists of the AANIA Ice and Hydrometeorological Information Center, in the next month it will enter the Skosha Sea, where it will soon cease to exist, or it will remain in the Weddell cycle system and will drift for several more years," the report says.

At the moment, the area of the iceberg is about 4170 sq. km, which is twice the area of St. Petersburg.

It is clarified that one of the most gigantic icebergs broke off from the outer edge of the Filchner ice shelf in 1986, then was stranded in the central part of the Weddell Sea for more than 30 years.

In the spring of 2023, he began an active drift towards the edge of the ice. During the Antarctic winter, moving along the shores of the Antarctic peninsula, he overcame over 2 thousand km without suffering significant losses in area.