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Antarctic glacier from space

Antarctic glacier from space

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CNES, 1987 DISTRIBUTION SPOT IMAGE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CNES, 1987 DISTRIBUTION SPOT IMAGE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Glacier. Infrared satellite image of glaciers (at lower centre and lower left) on the coast of Antarctica. North is at top. As they reach the sea the glaciers are breaking up to form floating icebergs. A glacier is a river-like flow of ice which is formed where snow is compacted so that the lower layers are compressed into ice. This acts like a very viscous fluid so that the glacier moves at 1-30 metres a day. This glacier is situated in Adelie Land, part of the French Antarctic Territory, and is close to the Dumont D'Urville base and the South Magnetic Pole. Image taken by the French SPOT-1 satellite in February.

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