Tracking Icebergs Overview

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Every 50 to 100 years, tabular icebergs break off from Antarctic ice shelves. In this tutorial, you'll track icebergs that have calved off Ross Ice Shelf from the nearby McMurdo station, a research facility. You'll track the speed, acceleration, and trajectory of these icebergs and identify factors that cause them to move around.

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Learn how YOU can track icebergs

You will perform the four activities below to estimate the motion and direction of an iceberg moving in a simple trajectory and to learn about factors that lead to more complex motion.

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Estimated completion time: 15-20 minutes

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