Icebergs continue march north
24 November 2009
Hundreds of icebergs are spread over a large area around Macquarie Island drifting towards New Zealand.
They have calved from a larger iceberg that was perhaps 30 square km in area and originated from the Ross Ice Shelf nearly a decade ago.
On its journey to near Macquarie Island, that larger iceberg has drifted about a quarter of the way around the Antarctic coastline from where it formed, to the West Ice Shelf.
The first sightings were made by expeditioners on Macquarie Island nearly 3 weeks ago.
The icebergs vary in size from 50 metres up to 2 kilometres in length.
The Australian Antarctic Division is tracking their paths as they head north and east.