An iceberg nearly the size of Rhode Island is blocking researchers from reaching Thwaites Glacier, which is melting at a rapidly increasing rate.
The calving event is expected to take place on the Larsen D ice shelf within the next month.
Four years-worth of satellite data shows three calving events in Pine Island Glacier on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the most recent of which took place at the weekend.
A large iceberg has broken away from Antarctica's Amery ice shelf, in a natural process scientists call a "calving" event.
When giant icebergs fracture from their parent shelves, scientists get worried.
"There are 180 inhabitants, and we are very concerned and afraid," one resident said.
The marine life has been covered by the Larsen C Ice Shelf for up to 120,000 years.
The image was captured by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite.
The glacier has long been receding.
The soon-to-be iceberg is moving faster than ever. It's a matter of "hours, days or weeks."
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When the fissure eventually splits off it will create one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded.
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