Massive ice island breaks off Greenland

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Massive ice island breaks off Greenland

Post by Swerdloc » 08-07-2010 10:05 AM

(CNN) -- A piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan island has broken away from an ice shelf in Greenland, according to scientists in the U.S.

The 260 square-kilometer (100 square miles) ice island separated from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland early on Thursday, researchers based at the University of Delaware said.

The ice island, which is about half the height of the Empire State Building, is the biggest piece of ice to break away from the Arctic icecap since 1962 and amounts to a quarter of the Petermann 70-kilometer floating ice shelf, according to research leader Andreas Muenchow.

"The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson rivers flowing for more than two years. It could also keep all U.S. public tap water flowing for 120 days," Muenchow said. ... tml?hpt=T2
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Post by SETIsLady » 08-07-2010 12:46 PM

Have seen some of the pictures, its massive !

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Post by OMG » 08-09-2010 12:23 AM

You know what's somewhat sad. Not that long ago this would have been a huge story. But it's happening so often, losing giant pieces of ice is now the new normal.

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Post by HurricaneJoanie » 08-09-2010 09:11 PM

Thanks to Art, none of this is a surprise. At least not to us.
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Post by Bobbi Snow » 08-10-2010 02:10 AM

If it makes it down to the shipping lanes, everybody, watch out!!
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