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Like that painful hangnail you've been eyeing for days -- except billions of times larger, made of ice not keratin, and studied by dozens of scientists worldwide -- a Delaware-sized glacier along Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is hanging by a thread, poised to break off into the ocean any day now.

In a dramatic development, the giant rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has grown an additional 17km since last week, and the leading tip of the crack is now exceptionally close to the ocean. There's now very little to prevent a complete collapse -- an event that will produce one of the largest icebergs in recorded history.