Friday, February 26, 2010

Massive iceberg calves from Antarctica's Mertz Glacier

Australian Antarctic Division: A massive iceberg, measuring 78 kilometres long and 39 kilometres wide, has calved from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The iceberg has a surface area of 2,500 square kilometres and broke off the glacier after another 97 kilometre-long iceberg (B9B) collided with the tongue of the glacier.

The calving event was detected recently by Australian and French researchers who have been studying the Mertz Glacier since 2007. The tongue has had major rift in it from opposite sides for many years and the piece that has broken off is about half the length of the tongue.

The tongue of the Mertz Glacier, from the Australian Antarctic Division's website. Photo by Barbara Weinecke© Commonwealth of Australia

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