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Byrd Glacier

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Named after Rear Admiral Byrd, who was an Arctic explorer, the Byrd Glacier is a huge glacier, about 130kms long by 25kms wide and part of it is floating out into the fjord and joining with the Ross Ice Shelf. Huge icebergs break off the rest of the flow the sight and sound of which are too immense to properly describe. This is one of the most alien environments on earth. The thing which always surprises me the most about this place is the scale of everything, it’s all so immense.

This place is of special significance at the moment due to it’s break up, Byrd could be a major contributor to rising sea levels because it’s a fast glacier and because of it’s locations on the Ross Ice Shelf, so there are several lage research trips centred around and on it at any one time. Again it’s impressive from the air and frighteningly harsh and alien from the ground.

Written by  Pavel Rejstra.

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