Iceberg B-34 Found in the Amundsen Sea

By Chris Readinger
U.S. National Ice Center
March 06, 2015

Suitland, MD — The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) discovered a new iceberg that meets the criteria for naming and tracking by the NIC. This particular iceberg is believed to have calved from the Getz Ice Shelf and is named B-34. B-34 is located at 74°12’ South, 129°31’ West, in the Amundsen Sea. Iceberg B-34 measures 15 nautical miles on its longest axis and 5 nautical miles on its widest axis. Analyst Chris Readinger located B-34 using MODIS imagery shown below.

Iceberg names are derived from the Antarctic quadrant in which they were originally sighted. The quadrants are divided counter-clockwise in the following manner:

A = 0-90W (Bellingshausen/Weddell Sea)
B = 90W-180 (Amundsen/Eastern Ross Sea)
C = 180-90E (Western Ross Sea/Wilkesland)
D = 90E-0 (Amery/Eastern Weddell Sea)

When first sighted, an iceberg’s point of origin is documented by the USNIC. The letter of the quadrant, along with a sequential number, is assigned to the iceberg. For example, C-19 is sequentially the 19th iceberg tracked by the USNIC in Antarctica between 180-90E (Quadrant C). Icebergs with letter suffixes have calved from already named icebergs, where the letters are added in sequential order. For example, C-19D, is the 4th iceberg to calve off the original C-19 iceberg.

The National Ice Center is a tri-agency operational center represented by the United States Navy (Department of Defense), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Department of Commerce), and the United States Coast Guard (Department of Homeland Security). The National Ice Center mission is to provide the highest quality strategic and tactical ice services tailored to meet the operational requirements of U.S. national interests and to provide specialized meteorological and oceanographic services to United States government agencies.

Satellite image of Iceberg B-34
Figure 1: MODIS image of B-34, March 6, 2015

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The U.S. National Ice Center is a tri-agency center operated by the Navy, NOAA, and Coast Guard and provides global to tactical scale ice and snow products, ice forecasting, and related environmental intelligence services for the United States government.

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