Feb. 4, 2005 A new iceberg,
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NEW ICEBERG BREAKS OFF OF LARSEN ICE SHELF
Feb. 4, 2005 A new iceberg, about twice the size of Dallas, Texas,
has formed in the frigid waters around Antarctica, according to the
National Ice Center in Suitland, Md. This latest development comes
just three weeks after the world's largest iceberg, which measured
the size of Long Island, N.Y., came close to crashing into a mammoth
glacier, called the Drygalski Ice Tongue. (Click satellite image for
larger view of iceberg A-53 as seen on Feb. 1, 2005. Click here for
high resolution version, which is a large file. Please
credit "Canadian Space Agency.")
Using satellite imagery from the Canadian Space Agency, the NIC
discovered the new iceberg, named A-53, when it broke off from the
Larsen Ice Shelf on January 31. It measures 35 nautical miles on its
longest axis and 16 nautical miles on its widest axis.
The Larsen Ice Shelf is a large sheet of glacial ice and snow,
extending along the eastern portion of the Palmer Peninsula, within
the westernmost section of the Weddell Sea. A-53 is centered near
"Some icebergs of similar size that have broken off from the Larsen
Ice Shelf have remained in the area for a while, while others have
journeyed north," said Sean Helfrich, a NOAA meteorologist at the
National Ice Center. "A-53 likely will not leave the Weddell Sea
this year, and may even break off into additional icebergs sometime
Iceberg names are derived from the Antarctic quadrant where they are
first sighted. When they are first spotted, the NIC documents an
iceberg's point of origin. The iceberg is assigned the letter of the
quadrant, along with the sequential number. For example, A-53 is
sequentially the 53rd iceberg the NIC has tracked in Antarctica
between 0-90 W (in the Bellinghausen/Weddell Sea) in Quadrant A.
(Click satellite image for larger view of iceberg A-53 as seen on
Jan. 9, 2005. Click here for high resolution version, which is a
large file. Please credit "Canadian Space Agency.")
Located in Suitland, Md., the National Ice Center is a tri-agency
operational center, represented by NOAA, which is part of the U.S.
Department of Commerce, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The
NIC mission is to provide worldwide operational ice analyses for the
armed forces of the United States and allied nations, U.S.
government agencies and the private sector.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety
through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related
events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation's
coastal and marine resources. NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of
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