B-15A, B-15J, B-15K, and C-16 Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica • Earth.com

Last update: June 26th, 2019 at 7:00 am

As summer draws to a close in Antarctica, the surface of the Ross Sea is riddled with cracks, making it look wrinkled in comparison to the smooth ice of the Ross Ice Shelf, in the lower right corner of the image, and the ice-covered continent, left. In places, the tops of the Transantarctic Mountains peak through the ice sheet along the coast. The broken sea ice on the surface of the Ross Sea makes a few large icebergs stand out clearly. The largest, long rectangular iceberg pointing towards the image center is B-15A. Covering an area of about 11,000 square kilometers when it first formed, the B-15 iceberg was one of the largest icebergs ever observed when it broke from the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000. The iceberg has been slowly breaking into pieces over the past four years, and three of the pieces were visible on March 28, 2004, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. The large, jagged square-shaped iceberg below and to the right of B-15A is B-15J. B-15 K is the long, thin sliver that runs parallel to B-15A. Below and to the left of B-15A is C-16, an iceberg that was never part of the B-15 iceberg

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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