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Ice Cracking and Breaking off the Coast of Antarctica – December 13th, 2008

December 13th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Ice cracking and breaking off along the coast of Antartica - November 14th, 2008

Ice cracking and breaking off along the coast of Antartica - November 14th, 2008

Close-up, enhanced image of icebergs breaking off the coast

Close-up, enhanced image of icebergs breaking off the coast

In this image we can see ice cracking and breaking off along the part of the shoreline of Australian Antartica called the Knox Coast (left) and the Sabrina Coast (right), as well as Cape Poinsett and Cape Waldron.

This ice could come from any number of the glaciers in the area, including the Underwood Glacier, a channel glacier about 15mi (24 km) long, and the Totten Glacier, about 40mi (64km) long and 20mi (32km) wide.

In the enhanced close-up images, we can clearly see the dark lines of ocean water running through the ice as it cracks.

Close-up, enhanced image of ice cracking along the coast

Close-up, enhanced image of ice cracking along the coast

In the first image in particular, many icebergs can be seen floating just offshore.

source Wikipedia

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