A Huge Chunk of Ice Breaks from Greenland Glacier

The researchers from the US University have reported that a giant ice of about 100 square miles has broken from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland. This glacier is located in the north western part of Greenland and is almost 620 miles south of the North Pole.

If this giant sheet of broken glacier moves further south towards the Canadian waters, it could prove to be extremely hazardous for the shipping industry. Never has the iceberg of this size calved since 1962 in the Arctic region. However, this is not news to many as cracks were noticed in the Petermann Glacier earlier too and calving was bound to take place sooner or later.

The iceberg is quite a size and Petermann Glacier has lost almost one quarter of its ice. The glacier is said to measure almost 43 miles.  It is not clear if the calving of this nature was caused by global warming although scientists have claimed that the first half of 2010 to be extremely hot globally. Professor Andreas Muenchow from the Delaware University has optimistically said that the Greenland glacier has plenty of fresh water supply to keep “US public taps flowing for 120 days”. Very optimistic as of now, we must say!

Via: BBC