This week we discovered that a large block of ice near station had broken completely from the plateau to form a new iceberg.
During the early summer, while the sea ice was still in, several of us witnessed the calving of a huge section of ice right next to the station near East Arm. At the time several large chunks of ice and a lot of ice rubble crashed onto the sea ice breaking right through the 1.5 metre thickness and leaving the ice strewn with ice debris.
Over the rest of the summer we have watched more ice shed and the slope change as the new berg readjusts itself. We did think it was still hinged to the ice plateau. However, with the arrival of our resupply ship Happy Dragon on Monday, one of our expeditioners flew his drone for the last time and went that way to find out what was happening. As you can see from the image a berg has been born. An amazing view from above showing water to the rear of the newly formed berg and the extent of the ice under the clear cold water of the bay in the late summer sun here at Mawson.