Iceberg B-15, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Iceberg B-15, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Science Team

A massive iceberg (known as B-15) broke off the Ross Ice Shelf near Roosevelt Island in Antarctica in mid-March 2000. Among the largest ever observed, the B-15 iceberg is approximately 300 km long and 40 km wide an area about twice the size of the state of Delaware. The iceberg was formed from glacier ice moving off the Antarctic continent. The ice calved along pre-existing cracks in the Ross Ice Shelf.
(Resolution: 300 meters; MODIS Data Type: MODIS-PFM; MODIS Band Combination: 1, 4, 3)

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  • Data Date:

    March 17, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    April 21, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
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