Early Summer Melting Affecting Fuchs Ice Piedmont, Adelaide Island, Antarctica – January 7th, 201367.1S 68.1W
Small icebergs can be seen breaking off the coast of Antarctica, near Adelaide Island (upper right quadrant). Adelaide Island, also known as Isla Adelaida and Isla Belgrano, is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles (121 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Ginger Islands lie off the southern end.
Located on Adelaide Island is the Fuchs Ice Piedmont, an ice piedmont (ice covering a coastal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains) that is 70 nautical miles (130 km) long, extending in a northeast–southwest direction along the entire west coast of the island. According to Chilean scientists, the snow-covered surface of the glacier has progressively deteriorated over the years, due to increasingly early summer melting. Crevasses appear on the glacier surface progressively earlier in the summer, presumably due to higher snowmelt and perhaps higher ice velocities, in response to regional atmospheric warming.