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Large iceberg calves off Petermann Glacier, NE Greenland

By large, I mean nearly 100 sq km, or about 1/4 of the glacier’s ice shelf. The event occurred on August 5th and was picked up by MODIS satellite imagery;

Google Earth file from here

The story has attracted substantial media attention due to it being the largest iceberg to form for ~50 years in the Arctic. While some may proclaim this to show climate change in action, scientists will tend to be more cautious in their interpretations. Calving, after all, is part of the ongoing natural process of ice discharge.

Ice Island calves off Petermann Glacier [NASA Earth Observatory]
Photo: NASA (Terra – MODIS)