B-15A, B-15J, B-15K, and C-16 icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
The massive B-15A iceberg floats in the Ross Sea off the coast of Antarctica. Around it are several smaller icebergs, including the B-15J and B-15K icebergs, both of which were once part of the B-15A iceberg. The C-16 iceberg is lodged between the long B-15A iceberg and the “V” formed by Ross Island. All of these icebergs were probably calved from the Ross Ice Shelf, the smooth white sheet of ice in the lower right corner of the image. In contrast to the smoothness of the ice shelf, the Transantactic Mountains give the snow over the shores of Antarctica’ Scott Coast a wrinkled appearance. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was acquired by NASA’s Terra satellite on November 9, 2004.