Sea ice breaking away in Ross Sea, Antarctica

Sea ice breaking away in Ross Sea, Antarctica
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

This series of true-color images from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) show the portion of the Antarctic coastline that straddles the 180 degree longitude line. The image from November 9, 2001, shows Victoria Land at image left, the Ross Sea in center, and the Ross Ice Shelf at lower right. A rectangular ice berg is anchored near Ross Island near image center. The subsequent images show sea ice breaking up and drifting out to sea as summer progresses.

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  • Data Date:

    December 31, 2001
  • Visualization Date:

    January 2, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration