Periphery of Antarctic ice sheet seen from space

Periphery of Antarctic ice sheet seen from space

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Part of the periphery of the vast Antarctic ice sheet, seen from space. This photograph was taken near the beginning of the Antarctic spring, when the edges of the ice sheet begin to break up. As it breaks, the ice is drawn into these ribbon-like patterns by off-shore winds. Large tabular blocks of ice and icebergs are clearly defined, whilst at the leading edge (left) the ice has degraded into a more slushy sea-ice. This view was photographed by the crew of Shuttle Discovery during the STS-48 mission of 12-18 September 1991.

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Keywords: antarctica, environment, ice sheet, icebergs, sea ice

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