Scientists say that warm summer temperatures and high rainfall weakened the Grey Glacier’s walls (AFP Photo/Joel ESTAY)More

Santiago (AFP) – In the space of just two weeks, two large icebergs broke off the Grey Glacier in Chilean Patagonia — a sign of accelerating climate change, experts say.

The Grey Glacier is one of the main sights in the Torres del Paine national park popular with tourists and hikers.

A giant iceberg the size of six football pitches — 8.8 hectares (22 acres) — broke away from the glacier on February 20 and another six hectare piece detached on March 7.

It marks the first time two icebergs of such great size have broken off in such quick succession.

The 270 square kilometer (104 square mile) glacier receded by 500

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