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A-38B and A-38G Icebergs off South Georgia
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A-38B and A-38G Icebergs off South Georgia

April 10, 2013
The rugged white crescent of South Georgia Island is cutting a wake in the clouds that stream overhead. In the wedge of clear sky, the large A-38B iceberg can be seen floating offshore. To the north, in the top left corner, is the A-38G iceberg. Both icebergs once formed part of the massive A-38 iceberg, which calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 1998. The iceberg, which was 145 kilometers long, broke into pieces and drifted about 1,600 kilometers north to South Georgia Island in the six years since it formed. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the icebergs around South Georgia Island on July 20, 2004. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC