An iceberg almost identical in size to Brunei broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula on Wednesday.
You know what that looks like, right? Would it help if we said it was about twice the size of Samoa? Half as big as Gambia? One-tenth of Latvia? One-hundredth of Botswana?
News organizations covering the major scientific development — it’s one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and fundamentally changes the Antarctic landscape — had to hope their audiences knew geography well enough to understand the scope of the news.
Several American outlets, including The New York Times, compared the iceberg, at 2,240 square miles, to Delaware, which has 1,954 square miles and takes about two hours to drive from top to bottom.
The Huffington Post also compared it to Delaware, but threw in an extra comparison: the Indonesian island of Bali.
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