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2013/14 Itinerary
Peninsula Cruise
10 days from $4,595
Air-Cruise
Fly over the Drake Passage then join your ship in Antarctica. Fly both ways or fly one - sail one options
Across the Circle
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Historic Areas - kayaking, camping
14 days from $5,499
Ross Sea in the Wake of Scott and Shackleton
Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo Sound
29 days from $18,700
Antarctica Peninsula to the Ross Sea
Wildlife and History
rarely travelled itinerary
31 days from $24,163

 

Iceberg - B15K

As stable and enduring as they may appear, tabular bergs do eventually break up. Initially they break into several smaller tabular bergs usually along crevasses and fault-lines that they acquired when part of a glacier or ice shelf. Eventually when their height matches or beats their length or width, they can become upended and become an irregular ice berg, eroding and reducing in size slowly as they are swept around Antarctica in the ocean currents, or maybe getting caught up in a north-flowing current where they are rapidly melted by warmer waters.

Large tabular bergs are routinely tracked by satellite for years as long as they are big enough to be spotted. It can take more than a decade for a large tabular berg to get to the point where it is no longer tracked. The remaining irregular bergs can then take several more years before they disappear.

Picture courtesy of Mike Usher - Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov in 2005.
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