• Released Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11414

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A large crack in an Antarctic glacier heralds the birth of an iceberg the size of Singapore.

This time-lapse video was assembled from images captured by NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites between Nov. 4 and Nov. 20, 2013.

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The Landsat 7 satellite acquired this image of the crack on Oct. 26, 2012.

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The Landsat 8 satellite acquired this image on Oct. 28, 2013, days before the iceberg separated from the glacier.

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By Nov. 13, 2013, when Landsat 8 acquired this image, the iceberg had started to drift away from the coast.

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The location of Pine Island Glacier is shown on this map of Antarctica.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Earth Observatory
Aqua and Terra images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/MODIS Rapid Response Team/Jeff Schmaltz
Landsat images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Matt Radcliff and NASA Earth Observatory/Robert Simmon and Jesse Allen
Antarctica map courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/Robert Simmon

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