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. 

Elephant Seal and iceberg off Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island's east coast
Elephant Seal and iceberg at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island's east coast
Photo: Eve Merfield
Close-up of iceberg in Garden Bay at the north end of Macquarie Island
Iceberg in Garden Bay at the north end of the island
Photo: Jason Ahrens
Close-up of Iceberg at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island's east coast
Iceberg at Sandy Bay on the east coast
Photo: Eve Merfield
Icebergs breaking up at Bauer Bay Beach on the west coast of Macquarie Island
Icebergs breaking up at Bauer Bay Beach on the west coast
Photo: Eve Merfield
Iceberg in Garden Bay at the north end of Macquarie Island
Garden Bay near the main settlement of Macquarie Island
Photo: Jason Ahrens

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