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One fragment of B-15, named B-15J, was still in existence in early December 2011. B-15J had traveled far from Antarctica by then, and was breaking into smaller pieces. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of B-15J on December 2, 2011.
Sliver-shaped pieces of ice formed an arc around the oblong iceberg, which had disintegrated discernibly since late November. B-15J and the smaller ice fragments were roughly 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) east-southeast of New Zealand. Just as remaining near Antarctica allowed this iceberg to persist for more than a decade, floating into warmer waters prompted it to break apart. An iceberg from the Larsen Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula underwent a similar disintegration in 2008.
As of late November 2011, several other remnants of Iceberg B-15 were still in existence, including B-15B, B-15F, B-15G, B-15K, B-15R, B-15T, and B-15X.
- National Ice Center. (2011, November 27). Current Antarctic Iceberg Positions. Accessed December 6, 2011.
- National Ice Center. (2011, November 27). Antarctic Icebergs, Ross Sea East, B15J. Accessed December 6, 2011.
- National Snow and Ice Data Center. (2010, October 20). State of the Cryosphere: Ice Shelves. Accessed December 6, 2011.
- Terra - MODIS - NASA