Exploring Antarctica’s islands of ice
Greg Stone, Ph.D.
New England Aquarium
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
3:00 p.m.–Pacific Forum
In March 2000, an iceberg the size of Connecticut broke free from
Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf and began a journey that has not ended. At
the time it calved, B-15 was the largest iceberg ever recorded and
contained enough freshwater to supply the United States for five years.
The National Geographic Society, the New England Aquarium, and the Bermuda
Underwater Exploration Institute sponsored an expedition to study this and
other icebergs in the Ross Sea during January-March 2001. Dr. Greg Stone
was the co-expedition leader and chief scientist of this ice diving
expedition. He will show images and video from the expedition and discuss
science highlights that relate to iceberg ecology and marine mammals of
the Southern Ocean. Dr. Stone is Vice President for Global Marine Programs
at the New England Aquarium. He wrote a story on this expedition for the
December 2001 National Geographic magazine .
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