Antarctic ice is smaller
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 68, Issue 48, page 1625, 1 December 1987
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1987), Antarctic ice is smaller, Eos Trans. AGU, 68(48), 1625–1625, doi:10.1029/EO068i048p01625-01.(
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The Ross Ice Shelf, straddling the protected waters of the Ross Sea off Antarctica, has produced an iceberg three times the size of Long Island. A massive raft of ice about 208 km long, 53 km wide, and 250 m thick calved cleanly off the shelf in late September or early October and is currently moving away from the coast at about 200 m/hour, heading west and, of course, north. It is the largest piece of floating ice on record, and if it can stay in one piece for a trip to slightly lower latitudes, it may drift into westerly ocean currents and be carried in a victory lap all the way around the continent.