An ice island twice the size of Manhattan is visible breaking off the Peterman Glacier in Greenland this week. This is the second time in two years that this glacier has been seen to lose a massive chunk of ice. Scientists first reported this year’s calving on July 16, 2012. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the view from space, below.
Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California–Irvine said:
It is not a collapse but it is certainly a significant event.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.