Monday Oct 20, 2014

This morning Ben Wallis, our captain, awakes us at 5:30am, indicating that there is something to be seen on deck: a huge tabular iceberg at the horizon. It must be miles long. As we get closer and pass it we can measure it: 12 miles long by 6.5 miles wide! Probably a piece of Antarctica’s ice shelf which detached a while back and is now caught in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean currents. We figure the top is 50 meters above sea level, so probably a 1/2 kilometer thick iceberg! That is over 100 billion tons of fresh water ice…

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