Icebergs Breaking Off Alexander Island, Antarctica – November 26th, 2008
This radar image allows us to see through the cloud cover that frequently hides the landscape of Antartica, giving us a clear look at icebergs breaking off Alexander Island into Wilkins Sound.
Wilkins Sound is a seaway in Antartica that is largely occupied by the Wilkins Ice Shelf, a rectangular ice shelf about 80 nautical miles long and 60 nautical miles wide (150 km by 110 km).
Alexander Island is Antartica’s largest island, with an area of 18,946 mi² (49,070 km²). It lies in the Bellingshausen Sea west of the base of the Antarctic Peninsula, from which it is separated by Marguerite Bay and George VI Sound, though the Wilkins Ice Shelf links it to the mainland.
The claim to this territory is disputed by Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom.
By opening the full image we can see an arm of ice reaching out to Charcot Island, a nunatak. It is an island of the British Antarctic Territory, 30 miles long and 25 miles wide, which is ice covered except for prominent mountains overlooking the north coast.