A few interesting facts about icebergs today, courtesy of the National Snow & Ice Data Center!
What exactly is an Iceberg?
- Icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake.
- Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country.
- The term “iceberg” refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) across. Smaller icebergs, known as bergy bits and growlers, can be especially dangerous for ships because they are harder to spot.
- The North Atlantic and the cold waters surrounding Antarctica are home to most of the icebergs on Earth.
This particular iceberg was photographed by a Quark passenger on a November 2010 Antarctic expedition with us!
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