Image of the week: a new iceberg

Pine Island Glacier iceberg Antarctica

Image: ESA.

This satellite image of a new iceberg breaking away from the Pine Island Glacier on the west coast of Antarctica was captured on November 19.

The iceberg, named B-31, is 700 square kilometres in size. A crack appeared in the glacier several years ago and the iceberg emerged in July. The iceberg is expected to either travel east, parallel with the coast, or float out into the Southern Ocean.

The image was captured on the European Space Agency’s Proba-2 satellite, less than a square metre in size, using a camera the size of an espresso cup.