The drift of the A-76A iceberg

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Published on 5 July 2022

Since calvingĀ from the Ronne Ice Shelf in May 2021, the A-76A Antarctic iceberg has drifted undisturbed in the Weddell Sea.

As shown this image, acquired by the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite on 3 July 2022, A-76A recently passed north of the Antarctic Peninsula, after traveling for more than 1,200 km. The iceberg currently has an area of about 3,200 kmĀ², a surface bigger than Luxembourg.

Copernicus Sentinel-1A acquires RADAR data. This particular type of data are not influenced by the presence of clouds, or by polar seasonal long nights. They are therefore particularly useful for monitoring drifting icebergs.

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