Iceberg formation

Iceberg formation

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Credit: BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Iceberg formation. Ice floating on the sea after calving (breaking away) from the ice front of the Brunt Ice Sheet. An ice front is the vertical cliff of an ice shelf. Calving is one way in which icebergs are formed. When an ice front arrives at the coast it becomes less stable and cracks develop. Huge chunks of ice often fall into the sea, which then float away as icebergs. Photographed off Coats Land, Antarctica.

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Keywords: antarctic, antarctica, berg, brunt ice shelf, calving, coats land, cold, environment, floating, formation, front, frozen, geography, global warming, iceberg, icebergs, ocean, sea, snow, water

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