Getz Ice Shelf • getz ice shelf extends several miles

The Getz Ice Shelf extends several miles into the ocean from the Getz glacier. Also  as it empties into the ocean along the Antarctic coast. The vertical face of the ice shelf is almost 200 feet high and is estimated to extend another 1000 feet below the ocean surface. This photo was taken from NASA’s DC-8 flying science laboratory during an Ice Bridge mission flight on Nov. 5, 2010. Credit: NASA/Dick Ewers

The Getz Ice Shelf is the largest Antarctic ice shelf along the SE Pacific-Antarctic coastline, over 300 miles (500 km) long and from 20 to 60 miles (30 to 100 km) wide, bordering the Hobbs and Bakutis Coasts of Marie Byrd Land between the McDonald Heights and Martin Peninsula. Several large islands are partially or wholly embedded in the ice shelf, pinning the calving front.

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