Articles | Volume 7, issue 5
Brief communication
02 Sep 2013
Brief communication |  | 02 Sep 2013

Brief Communication "The 2013 Erebus Glacier Tongue calving event"

C. L. Stevens, P. Sirguey, G. H. Leonard, and T. G. Haskell

Abstract. The Erebus Glacier Tongue, a small floating glacier in southern McMurdo Sound, is one of the best-studied ice tongues in Antarctica. Despite this, its calving on the 27 February 2013 (UTC) was around 10 yr earlier than previously predicted. The calving was likely a result of ocean currents and the absence of fast ice. The subsequent trajectory of the newly created iceberg supports previous descriptions of the surface ocean circulation in southern McMurdo Sound.