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Atlas of Antarctice Sea Ice and Icebergs

by Albert A. Romanov, Edited by Alfred Tunik
isbn 0-9644311-6-5
US$495.00 :: ©1998
Softbound :: 176 pages :: 9"x11"
109 charts :: 19 tables :: 11 figs. :: 48 refs

This atlas-monograph is a major data source and scientific outline of the Antarctic sea
ice, icebergs and navigational conditions. In addition to the American and Russian
satellite data used, it presents the charts and statistics based on virtually all Russian
data: shipborne, airborne and collected in-situ for three decades. A great deal of
attention is paid to the Antarctic recurring polynyas, their classification, origination,
development and life cycles - a topic still virtually unexplored in literature. Icing of
small ships is another important topic of this book, as well as the technique of
assessing ice cover suitability for cargo unloading, gained from common Russian

The Atlas consists of a monograph with two chapters and 109 charts:

Chapter 1. Characteristics of Antarctic Ice (conditions of ice formation, drifting sea ice
extent, concentration, thickness, floe size, ridging and snow cover, iceberg
classification, distribution and dimensions, drift of sea ice and icebergs, drifting speeds
and zones of probable accumulation and divergence, Atlantic, Pacific and Balleny ice
massifs and their structure, fast ice growth, thawing, and thickness, definitions and
criteria of recurring polynyas and their classification, table of 110 recurring polynyas.

Chapter 2. Navigation in Antarctic Sea Ice (icing of ships, ship navigation in drifting sea
ice, in fast ice, in iceberg infested waters, criteria for assessment of navigational
conditions, recommended routes and navigational periods, characteristics of Atlantic,
Indian, and Pacific sectors, cargo unloading and transportation on the Antarctic ice.

The author, Dr. Albert A. Romanov (1938-1997) has for decades been a leading
Russian expert on Antarctic navigation who participated in and led many AARI research
expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic seas, as well as in a number of foreign
expeditions in the late 1980's and early 1990's.