Nansen Ice Sheet

Flying along the front of the Nansen Ice Sheet with Terra Nova Bay to the right and Inexpressible Island and Mount Melbourne in the distance. The exposed from of the ice sheet is around 20 m high. Ocean flows in the area are complex because of the interaction of very cold water beneath the ice sheet/shelf and the exposed surface waters of Terra Nova Bay. In winter these waters are kept open by strong winds despite the extreme cold, and in summer the bay is heated by the sun. Photo taken by Craig Stevens in January 2012.