Ross Ice Shelf
Prepare yourself for something truly awesome when you visit the Ross Ice Shelf, which is several hundred meters thick, rises up to 150 meters (~ 500 ft) above sea level, more than 600 km (~ 375 miles) long, and nearly the size of France. Although 90% of this floating structure lies below the water's surface, just approaching this behemoth will leave you speechless. Originally called the Ross Ice Barrier because it prevented ships from sailing south, it is the largest ice shelf in the southern hemisphere and encompasses an area of 487,000 sq km (182,000 sq mi). Lying in a remote part of Antarctica, the ice shelf is still not totally isolated from the effects of global warming. Major sections of ice have already collapsed into the ocean and there are fears that massive pieces might break off in the future, causing a dramatic rise in sea levels. A bit out of the way, a few cruise ship tours of Antarctica will still bring you near this stunning natural wonder. If you're lucky, some will even allow you to go ashore onto the shelf and do some trekking. You'll be able to brag that you stepped onto the biggest block of ice in the world!
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- Location: Antarctica