Icebergs from surging glacier, Svalbard

Icebergs from surging glacier, Svalbard

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Icebergs calved from an outlet glacier of Austfonna, the largest icecap on Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway. The glacier is surging, that is lurching forward in bursts rather than flowing at a slow steady rate. As it rapidly advances into the Barents Sea it produces masses of icebergs. The calving front of the glacier is in the background. The tallest iceberg seen here reaches over 30 metres above the waterline. However, 90 percent of any iceberg's volume remains under water.

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