Icefall on the major glacier (Lambert Glacier) in East Antarctica

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Lambert Glacier is a major glacier in East Antarctica. At about 60 miles (100 km) wide, over 250 miles (400 km) long, and about 2,500 m deep, it holds the Guinness world record for the world’s largest glacier. It drains 8% of the Antarctic ice sheet to the east and south of the Prince Charles Mountains and flows northward to the Amery Ice Shelf. It flows in part of Lambert Graben and exits the continent at Prydz Bay.


The focal point of this image is an icefall that feeds into the Lambert glacier from the vast ice sheet covering the polar plateau. Ice flows like water, albeit much more slowly. Cracks can be seen in this icefall as it bends and twists on its slow-motion descent 1300 feet (400 meters) to the glacier below. This image was acquired by Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on December 2, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, red, and green wavelengths.

Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch and it is part of the ongoing Landsat Earth as Art series.

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