Amery Ice Shelf

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Coordinates: 69 ° 30 ′  S , 73 ° 30 ′  E

Relief Map: Antarctica
Amery Ice Shelf
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The Amery ice shelf ( English Amery Ice Shelf ) is in East Antarctica located, permanent ice, the Prydz Bay spans. It is formed from the ice surface of the Lambert Glacier , which flows into the sea there. Geographically, it is between 69 ° and 70 ° S and between 72 ° and 75 ° E. The Amery Ice Shelf is located in a tapering bay with a length of 400 km and a maximum width of 175 km. In the west is the Mac-Robertson Land , in the east the American highlands .

After the Ross Ice Shelf and the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf , it is the third largest of its kind in the Antarctic with an area of ​​62,600 km 2 (as of 2007).

The Australian claim to the area was suspended by the Antarctic Treaty .

A large iceberg detaches from the Amery Ice Shelf approximately every 60 to 70 years. The last time this happened was in September 2019; This time the broken ice surface was approx. 50 × 30 kilometers and 200 meters thick; this corresponds to the size of the urban area of London .

Web links

Commons : Amery Ice Shelf  - Collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Scambos, TA et al., "MODIS-based Mosaic of Antarctica (MOA) data sets: Continent-wide surface morphology and snow grain size" ( Memento of October 27, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Giant iceberg D28 broken off . In:, October 1, 2019 (accessed October 1, 2019).