Iceberg, Antarctica, 1 March 2004.

Iceberg, Antarctica, 1 March 2004.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


The massive C-19 iceberg, which broke from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in May 2002, is the long smooth section of ice just right of the centre of the image. The iceberg is trapped by sea ice along the George V coast, the section of Antarctica near Australia, in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image taken by the Terra satellite. When it formed, C-19 was larger than the state of Delaware at 32 km (almost 20 miles) wide and 200 km (124 miles) long, but not as large as the B-15 iceberg that broke off of the same ice shelf in 2001; nevertheless, C-19 is among the largest icebergs ever recorded.

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