Global Warming | Greenland

Possible Largest Glacier Collapse Off the Coast Of Greenland

An ice sheet four times the size of Manhattan, the largest chunk of ice the Arctic has lost in almost 50 years, has broken off the coast of Greenland. Even more frightening, National Geographic claims that this might even be the largest glacier collapse in recorded history.  

GlacierThe so-called "ice island" covers a hundred square miles (260 square kilometers) and holds enough water to keep U.S. public tap water flowing for 120 days, according to Andreas Muenchow, a physical ocean scientist and engineer at the University of Delaware.

As a result of the collapse, Petermann glacier—located about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the North Pole—lost about a quarter of its 43-mile-long (70-kilometer-long) floating ice shelf, satellites images taken Thursday show.

Regine Hock, a glacial geophysicist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said the breakup of ice shelves is "a normal process that happens all the time." (See a photo of an ice shelf collapse in Antarctica.) But such a "huge, huge piece of ice ... is very unusual," Hock said.

Greenpeace predicted the collapse of the "ice island" last year. Watch a video of their investigation AFTER THE JUMP.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. May humanities epitaph not read "too little, too late."

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 7, 2010 7:42:58 PM

  2. Humanity's epitaph even.

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 7, 2010 7:44:41 PM

  3. How stupid can people be? Ice shelves grow and then break off, that is what they do. As the one expert said, this is a natural process and is supposed to happen!

    But anything to fan panic and hysteria for a political agenda. The Right does it with gays, and Greenpeace does it with natural processes.

    Posted by: CLS | Aug 8, 2010 3:53:42 AM

  4. I think this event is a bit more than natural process CLS.... Glaciers mountaintops record temps...etc How much more proof do you need to realize the climate is changing?

    Posted by: John Normile | Aug 8, 2010 7:26:00 AM

  5. This warming trend has been going on for a long time, decades. But it could be a prelude to a new ice age, maybe.

    Problem is, no one knows.

    As we head towards nine billion people on the planet something is going to give.

    Posted by: A Skier | Aug 8, 2010 8:12:07 AM

  6. I am not sure we have as much control in climate change as we may believe. It just seems to me to to be a cyclical warming event.The truth is with the population explosion on mother earth we are stressing out our resources. It would be nice to think we can change the world. Perhaps we can but really only in small ways. It would take a considerable effort to effect even a small change in planetary climate issues.

    Posted by: richard s | Aug 8, 2010 12:27:49 PM

  7. I agree that no one knows if it is cyclical or not. Inn the mid '70's both Time and Newsweek magazines had cover stories the same week about the "coming ice-age", saying climate experts were predicting a lowering of the temps by 2000. Now all we here is "evidence", which may have been doctored as the climate experts who came to the conclusion seem to have indicated in emalis. So waht are we to conclude. Is it natural or how much of the scientific evidence can we believe now that we've found the doctored emails? aAll I know is that climate does indeed change. Yesterday it rained... today the sun was out.

    Posted by: David | Aug 9, 2010 1:11:11 AM

  8. So, climate-change deniers, what exactly about global warming and the coming climate catastrophe don't you get?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 9, 2010 5:05:22 AM

Post a comment


« «Gay Marriage Sculpture Vandalized At Los Angeles Museum« «