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.
The Huffington Post also compared it to Delaware, but threw in an extra comparison: the Indonesian island of Bali.
《赫芬顿邮报》(The Huffington Post)也拿它与特拉华州作比,但同时也提出了另一个参照对象:印度尼西亚的巴厘岛
The London Evening Standard said the iceberg was four times the size of London, or “around 15 times the size of the Isle of Wight, twice the size of Luxembourg and a quarter the size of Wales.”
《伦敦旗帜晚报》(The London Evening Standard)表示,这座冰山有四个伦敦那么大,也可以说“大约相当于15个怀特岛、两个卢森堡,或四分之一个威尔士”。
CNN wrote that it was “half the size of Qatar” before adding that it was “the size of four Londons or more than seven New York Citys.”
The Associated Press went with the same description offered by the researchers: a volume about twice that of Lake Erie.
美联社(The Associated Press)采用了和研究人员一样的描述:容积大约相当于伊利湖的两倍。
Mashable said it could fill 462 million Olympic-size swimming pools.
So hopefully that’s clear now.