Back in July of this year, one of the largest inof the history of our planet, the A-68A iceberg separated from the Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica. It is difficult to imagine a giant piece of ice with an area of more than 6,000 square kilometers, which in fact is 10% of the entire shelf area. As part of its Antarctic IceBridge mapping project, NASA has posted amazing photos of this iceberg, which we suggest you take a look.
During the annual IceBridge project, specialistsNASA is studying the ice shelves of the Arctic and Antarctic. The main goal of scientists is to understand the interaction between ice and oceans, as well as an attempt to learn how to calculate the thickness of ice shelves in a particular place. In addition, researchers are also interested in the trajectory of the movement of giant icebergs periodically breaking off the shelves, as happened with the A-68A.
"I was warned that I would see a giantan iceberg the size of the state of Delaware, and yet I was not ready for such a magnificent sight when I first saw him from the air. Most of the icebergs that I have seen before were relatively small, and only a small part of them stuck above the surface of the ocean. In the case of the A-68A, the dimensions turned out to be so gigantic that it resembles an independent ice shelf, ”said Catherine Hanson, a member of the expedition, who shared her impressions.
We suggest that you take a look at the pictures taken by NASA staff during their research mission and appreciate the truly impressive size of the iceberg.