Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

Petermann Glacier. Retrieved from: www.aljazeera.com

“A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken away from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, scientists have said.

“The floating extension (of the glacier) is breaking apart,” Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement on Thursday.

“It is not a collapse, but it is certainly a significant event.”

This is the second time in less than two years that the Petermann Glacier has calved a monstrous ice island. In 2010, it unleashed another massive ice chunk into the sea.

The latest break was observed by NASA’s Aqua satellite, which passes over the North Pole several times a day, and was noted by Trudy Wohlleben of the Canadian Ice Service.

“At this time of year, we’re always watching the Petermann Glacier,” Wohlleben said, because it can spawn big icebergs that invade North Atlantic shipping lanes or imperil oil platforms in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.”

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