Oversized berg

Tabular iceberg in Antarctica

I already wrote earlier about everything on Antarctica being big. Well, this definitely goes for the icebergs. The ‘normal’ icebergs can be huge already, but the tabular ones are even more extreme. At one moment I came to the bridge and when I had a look with my binoculars to the horizon, I saw a huge iceberg. Even though we were still far away, the tabular iceberg already filled most of the horizon. After lunch we passed it and it took us about an hour of sailing before we saw the last edge appear… It was about 7 miles wide, 14 miles long and around 35 meters high above the sea level. This meant the whole berg would be around 100 cubic kilometer in size!! That’s a lot of fresh water…

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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