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Ice Rumples and Icebergs in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

71S 26.0E

October 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Antarctica - August 16th, 2009

Antarctica - August 16th, 2009

This large area of rumpled, cracking ice is located on the shores of Queen Maud Land (Dronning Maud Land), part of the Norwegian Antarctic Claim.

It has a land area of approximately 2.5 million square kilometers (one million sq mi), mostly covered by the Antarctic ice sheet lying between the British claim and the Australian claim.

In this part of Queen Maud Land, many icebergs can be seen breaking off the Antarctic Ice Sheet and floating into the Antarctic Ocean.

Iceberg Calving Off Antarctic Ice Sheet

69.6S 4.2E

September 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Antarctica - August 23rd, 2009

Antarctica - August 23rd, 2009

A large iceberg breaks off the shores of the Antarctic Ice Sheet in Queen Maud Land, or Dronning Maud Land, and floats away in the Southern Ocean. Other smaller icebergs can also be seen floating between the main one and the edge of the ice sheet. Many cracks and rifts are visible in the ice sheet itself.

When a mass of ice suddenly splits off and moves away from its parent glacier, iceberg, or ice shelf in such a way, the event is called calving. Calving of ice shelves is usually preceded by a rift. This ice calving or iceberg calving is a form of ice ablation or ice disruption.