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The 106-year-old fruitcake is "well-preserved," and is believed to have been taken to Antarctica with the Robert F. Scott expedition. Antarctica Heritage Trust hide caption

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The massive crack first opened up in the Larsen C ice shelf back in 2014; by the end of last week, a roughly 3-mile sliver of ice was all that connected the iceberg to the shelf. John Sonntag/NASA hide caption

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Massive Iceberg Breaks Free In Antarctica

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The name Boaty McBoatface is attached to three submersibles like this one, according to the BBC, instead of a large research vessel. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills hide caption

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A NASA scientist with project IceBridge took this photo of the crack in November. John Sonntag/NASA hide caption

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An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

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Data collected between Nov. 17-28 by NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, spacecraft Antarctica covered in glowing electric blue due to the start of noctilucent, or night-shining, cloud season. Screenshot by NPR/NASA/HU/VT/CU-LASP/AIM/ hide caption

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A new species of ground beetle found in Antarctica (left) is named Antarctotrechus balli. The three other beetles are close modern relatives of the ancient species. The line drawings show similarities between the beetles. Courtesy of Allan Ashworth/North Dakota State University hide caption

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This 2013 photo shows a survival shelter situated between McMurdo Station, a U.S. scientific research facility, and Castle Island on Ross Island, Antarctica. Secretary of State John Kerry is starting a visit to McMurdo Station and the South Pole on Tuesday. Rod McGuirk/AP hide caption

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Boats sit on the beach at Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. An agreement was reached on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

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This image taken in 2012 shows part of the Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) on the western edge of Antarctica. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center). John Sonntag/Nature hide caption

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Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

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Polar explorer Henry Worsley (right) died after breaking off an attempt to cross the Antarctic landmass unaided. He's seen here with Britain's Prince William in October, shortly before setting out on his journey. John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land. Mariano Caravaca /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land. Mariano Caravaca /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

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