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Iceberg the size of Cyprus on a collision course with the Atlantic island

By Adam Vaughan

Iceberg A68a (near the lower center of the picture)

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An iceberg the size of Cyprus is on a collision course with South Georgia and poses a major threat to the world’s important penguin and seal colonies on the remote Atlantic island.

Icebergs breaking off from Antarctica often break open in the South Atlantic and are nicknamed the “iceberg cemetery” in the region. But the sheer size of this 158-kilometer-long and 30-mile-wide A68a is unusual, say researchers who are tracking it by satellite.

The ice follows a route that historically ends in South Georgia. To travel …