Two Luxembourgs, 10 Madrids, one Delaware: How a giant iceberg is described around the world

Dover froze over.
Dover froze over.
Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Reuters
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As news traveled around the world that one of the largest icebergs ever observed had finally broken off from Antarctica, reporters were faced with a question of scale. Few among us can visualize just how large a 2,200 square-mile (5,698 square-kilometer) hunk of ice really is, so they had to come up with a reference their readers might recognize.

Correction: A previous version of this story referenced the publication Latercera as Colombian. It is, in fact, a Chilean publication.