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It will be lost to the ocean during this summer.
It will get stuck in the shallow water and stays grounded for at least until winter 20/21.

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Where is D-26 headed?
« on: October 08, 2019, 09:07:07 PM »
Attached a GIF showing monthly increments from April and a bathymetry map.

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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 08:35:09 PM »
This is a GIF showing the first 17 days of D-26s travel.

Sentinel-3 SLSTR, click to play.
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 05:09:39 PM »
For now, it bumped into the landfast ice there.

I find that movement a little weird, given it's obviously not going with the wind direction.

Also weird, it seems the landfast ice is cracking before the iceberg hits. Coincidence?

Thoughts?
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 05:55:31 PM »
any chance it's bigger looking underwater ? The invisible meeting subsurface may have been even more dramatic .. .
 It looks like it got free . got stuck , pivoted as it was being blown out of the way , broke free and crashed .. not the most dignified record of a journey that may already be over . b.c.
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 06:20:13 PM »
any chance it's bigger looking underwater ?

My first thought too. But then there is warm water from below thinning that thing for a long time and one might think it's thinning on the edges most, no?

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not the most dignified record of a journey that may already be over . b.c.

LOL, how would you move if you were 35km long without legs, eh?? ;)
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2019, 08:20:23 PM »
An iceberg as big as D-26 will stick down 300 m or more into the sea.  Currents at that depth are not necessarily going where the wind is blowing.  As for thinning, the temperature at 300 m is most likely warmer than the surface water, so most melting will occur from the bottom. However, being a tabular berg, it will just sink lower--the freeboard will remain about 10% of the total thickness.

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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2019, 08:53:47 AM »
Mitch, the 300m figure is an estimation, right? Or is there a paper you can point to?

As for movement, we rotated clockwise and moved north. But only a little.
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2019, 04:00:16 PM »
Mitch, the 300m figure is an estimation, right? Or is there a paper you can point to?

I took at as "300 meters is a reasonable low end for recently calved tabular icebergs" and not something specific to D-26.  It would depend on the shelf it broke off from.

One point of information is that underwater peaks at 300 meters in depth (near calving fronts) tend to have icebergs grounded on them.  Deeper peaks can have icebergs grounded on them, but usually the bigger ones.  Of course that doesn't tell us about the icebergs that didn't get grounded.
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2019, 07:01:56 PM »
I was asking about the 300m because this piece of ice is floating on the water for a long time now. The grounding line is at least 100 km behind this iceberg. I don't know how exactly this translates into years but it's a lot of summers that could thin it out for sure. And i don't know how thick it is when it passes the grounding line.

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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2019, 07:15:54 PM »
Baking,
You are right, 300 m is a guess not a measurement. I was trying to find a temperature profile nearby, but was not able to in any reasonable time. You are right that bottom topography is also an issue with the bigger bergs. 

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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2019, 09:16:37 PM »
The last two days, straight north!
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2019, 09:53:53 AM »
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2019, 08:03:56 AM »
Big oopsie.

This iceberg is called D-28, not D-26.

And also, it's stuck.
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Re: Where is D-28 headed?
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2019, 09:12:08 PM »
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If you edit the first post's title, I think that new posts in this thread will have that title.  (Note that one can change the title for a single post within a thread, as I did here.)  If it is frozen, you can ask Neven to edit it for you.
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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2019, 08:56:05 PM »
Big oopsie.

This iceberg is called D-28, not D-26.

And also, it's stuck.

Happens to the best of us!

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Re: Where is D-26 headed?
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2019, 09:05:30 PM »
Thanks for saying that, PragmaticAntithesis. :)
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