Iceberg B15

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(PD) Photo: Robert Bindschaldler / NASA
Iceberg B15 in January 2001.

Iceberg B15 is a large iceberg that calved off of the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000.[1] When Iceberg B15 calved off the Iceshelf it was then the largest iceberg ever observed. Its surface area was 11,000 square miles. Subsequently other large ice shelves have calved off, or disintegrated.

In 2006 a storm off Alaska, in the high Northern Hemisphere, generated waves that, six days later, fractured B15. in the high Southern Hemisphere.[1] The largest fragment, Iceberg B15A, was half the size of the original.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alaskan Storm Cracks Giant Iceberg To Pieces In Faraway Antarctica, Science Daily, 2006-19-03. Retrieved on 2008-09-04.