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Some Satellite-Tracked Iceberg Drifts in the Antarctic*

  • Torgny E. Vinje (a1)

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The drift of eight tabular icebergs is discussed. In spite of large differences in the vertical dimension, the various icebergs seem to react in a similar manner to wind effects in areas covered with sea ice. Measurements indicate that it takes between one and five years for an iceberg to move into the westerlies from the coastal areas between about 50°E. and the Antarctic Peninsula. The drift of the icebergs reflects the integrated current effects in the upper 200-300 m, and may thus also give information about the transport of water masses.

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Publication No.22 of the Norwegian Antarctic Research Expeditions (1978-79)

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Some Satellite-Tracked Iceberg Drifts in the Antarctic*

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