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Album: Stunning Photos of Antarctic Ice

The World‘s Most Famous Ice Shelf

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The next pictures focus on the famous Ross Ice Shelf. Note the size of the ice shelf compared to the people in the photo. The picture shows the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest in the world, at the Bay of Whales - the point where Amundsen staged his successful assault on the South Pole. 78 30 S Latitude 164 20W Longitude. Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA.

On the Edge

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This stunning view shows the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf as seen by the NATHANIEL B. PALMER.

Tip of the Iceberg

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This perspective view shows the seaward edge of the floating Ross Ice Shelf. Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA.

Simply Beautiful!

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A southern view of the Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales. This is the southern-most navigable point on the planet and the point where Amundsen started his successful trek to the South Pole. 78 30 S Latitude 164 20W Longitude. Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA.

Smooth Sailing

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A ship sails pass the Ross Ice Shelf. Research Vessel Ice Breaker (RVIB) NATHANIEL B. PALMER in the background. Photographer: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA.