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Glacier ice and sea ice, Antarctic Peninsula

Glacier ice and sea ice, Antarctic Peninsula

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Uploaded 26 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Unlike the Arctic, which at its centre is an ocean, Antarctica is a landmass that is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. A permanent, massive ice sheet on Antarctica covers 98% of the continent and is containing the major freshwater reserves of the globe. Moving permanently towards the coasts, these ice masses, when gliding over the continental shelf, form huge flat areas of continental shelf ice, of which enormous icebergs can calve into the sea. Outside the shelf ice (fresh water ice), each ...
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