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Latest News

Iceberg D-36 Has Calved From the West Ice Shelf

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg D-36 calved from the West Ice Shelf. As of February 05, D-36 was centered at 66°18' South and 86°37' East and measured 11 nautical miles on its longest axis and 5 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Iceberg D-30C Has Calved from Iceberg D-30A in the Weddell Sea

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg D-30C calved from iceberg D-30A in the Weddell Sea. As of February 02, D-30A was centered at 53°16' South and 36°04' West and measured 23 nautical miles on its longest axis and 9 nautical miles on its widest axis. D-30C was centered at 54°04' South and 35°30' West and measured 13 nautical miles on its longest axis and 6 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Iceberg D-35 Has Calved From Borchgrevink Ice Shelf

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg D-35 calved from Borchgrevink Ice Shelf. As of January 08, D-35 was centered at 70°01' South and 21°37' East and measured 29 nautical miles on its longest axis and 6 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Iceberg A-82 Has Calved From George VI Ice Shelf

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg A-82 calved from the George VI ice shelf. As of December 12, A-82 was centered at 72°51' South and 72°24' West and measured 12 nautical miles on its longest axis and 6 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Iceberg D-34 Has Calved From West Ice Shelf

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg D-34 calved from the West Ice Shelf. As of October 19, D-34 was centered at 67°11' South and 82°7' East and measured 11 nautical miles on its longest axis and 8 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has determined the 2023 minimum Arctic sea ice extent occurred in mid-September 2023 with an area of 4.13 million square kilometers. This estimate is based on analysis from the USNIC’s Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS), used in the Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE) product, and is created jointly with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Icebergs D-33A and D-33B Have Calved from Borchgrevink Ice Shelf

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that icebergs D-33A and D-33B calved from Borchgrevink Ice Shelf in the southern Weddell Sea. As of September 01, D-33A was centered at 69°47' South and 19°14' West and measured 34 nautical miles on its longest axis and 10 nautical miles on its widest axis. D-33B was centered at 69°54' South and 20°31' West and measured 21 nautical miles on its longest axis and 12 nautical miles on its widest axis.

Iceberg A-76A Split in Half, Creating A-76M

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg A-76A has split in half, creating A-76M in the northern Weddell Sea. The calving event was first spotted on MODIS imagery on June 03. As of June 04, A-76A was centered at 55° 32' S and 37° 22' W and measured 31 nautical miles on its longest axis and 4 nautical miles on its widest axis. A-76M was centered at 55° 26' S and 37° 21' W and measured 35 nautical miles on its longest axis and 4 nautical miles on its widest axis. A-76 first calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in May 2021. The locations of A-76A through A-76L are still being tracked by the USNIC, while A-76I broke up and became too small to track on May 16.

The Breakup of A-76 Continues

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that iceberg A-76J calved from A-76F and icebergs A-76K and A-76L have calved from iceberg A-76A in the northern Weddell Sea. The calving event was first spotted on MODIS imagery as early as May 21.

Five New Icebergs Have Calved from Iceberg A-76A

The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed that icebergs A-76E, A76-F, A76-G, A76-H, and A76-I calved from iceberg A-76A in the northern Weddell Sea. A-76 first calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in May 2021. A-76 calved into A-76A, A-76B, and A-76C later that month. A-76D calved on or about 28 April 2023.


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