Edge of glacier falls off not far from Akademik Vernadsky station

Source : 112 Ukraine

It's the first time that such a large piece of ice fell off in this area, - National Antarctic Research Centre
14:53, 4 January 2021

Vernadsky Research Base in Antarctica
National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine

A large shard of ice fell off Woozle Hill glacier on Galindez island, where Akademik Vernadsky polar research station is located. Press office of the National Antarctic Research Centre reported that on January 4.

"The height of the shard makes some 20 meters, which almost equals that of the seven-story house. The width is five meters", reads the message.

According to the polar station staff, it's the first time that such a large piece of ice fell off in this area. However, the crack in the ice in this area has been observed for a long time. 

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In November 2020, Akademik Vernadsky was covered in snowdrifts amidst the late Antarctic spring. The press office of the National Antarctic Scientific Centre reported that on Facebook.

"The height of snow cover makes up to 170 cm, which is this year's record", the Centre reported. 

Yuriy Otruba, the head of the 25th Antarctic Expedition shared some impressive photos.

"Now, our staff has more work digging the way out", the Centre added.

Another weird story happened in August when penguins returned to the station, which was not typical for that particular time of the year.

Related: Akademik Vernadsky polar station ends up in snow drifts amidst late Antarctic spring

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