Ice Island Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks off Greenland
To those who think global warming is a myth, please hear this.
Greenland ice shrinks rapidly
Researchers at the University of Delaware and the Greenland Ice Service have confirmed that an ice island twice the size of Manhattan Island has broken off of the Petermann Glacier, Greenland's largest. This comes less than two years after another ice island was formed when a section of the glacier four times the size of Manhattan broke away in 2010.
The vast flat expanse which stretches to the background in the photo above is the Petermann Glacier, and now over one third of its area has gone, now floating in the sea. Polar scientists are now telling us that sea ice melt in the Arctic has risen to a level not seen since 1972, when satellite observations began. In fact, they say that it has almost certainly not experienced this level of melt at any time during the last 8000 years.
Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, says "The fact that the break off follows so closely to the 2010 event brings the glacier's terminus to a location where it has not been for at least the last 150 years." He adds that "Northern Greenland and northeast Canada are warming more than five times faster than the rest of the world."
The corporations love the ice melt
As arctic ice disappears, more land and water resources become available for nations and corporations to exploit. Denmark, the United States, Canada, Russia, Norway and even Brazil and China are in a race to the polar region to stake their claims. There are almost no environmental safeguards in place to avert potential disasters. Companies like Shell Oil, now drilling experimental wells, are taking virtually no steps toward protecting the environment where they are exploring. On Sunday, July 15, 2012, Shell's drilling rig Discoverer broke loose from its moorings and beached at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Extreme Melting in the Arctic
Preview photo from NASA
Other photos: latimes.com