Greenland Glacier 4X Size of Manhattan Breaks Loose

This really struck me as a fascinating piece of science news:

A University of Delaware researcher reports that an “ice island” four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962.

“In the early morning hours of August 5, 2010, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan was born in northern Greenland,” said Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Muenchow’s research in Nares Strait, between Greenland and Canada, is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

These sorts of things are not the usual run if the mill events . . .



Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan
University of Delaware 1:40 p.m., Aug. 6, 2010

Hat tip boingboing

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