TV News LIES

Saturday, Aug 23rd

Last update07:37:11 PM GMT

You are here News Environment Massive ice island breaks off Greenland

Massive ice island breaks off Greenland

E-mail Print PDF

Huge ice island breaks off GreenlandA 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.

Muenchow's team is studying ice in the Nares Strait separating Greenland from Canada, about 1,000 kilometers south of the North Pole.

Satellite data from NASA's MODIS-Aqua satellite revealed the initial rupture which was confirmed within hours by Trudy Wohlleben of the Canadian Ice Service, according to the University of Delaware website. Muenchow said the island could block the Nares Strait as it drifts south, or break into smaller islands and continue towards the open waters of the Atlantic.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Mudslides hit area in Washington State charred by wildfires

Mudslides in Washingston StateThunderstorms in the area in Washington State charred by the massive Carlton Complex wildfire brought mudslides...

Drought is causing Earth's crust to rise in the West

eath's crust risingAbout 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States,...

Alabama community alleges race bias over toxic landfill site

Alabama toxic wasteFive-and-a-half years have passed since an earthen dam holding toxic coal ash from a coal plant...

Environmental groups warn of 'taint' by official on nuclear regulator decisions

William MagwoodNearly three dozen environmental groups are pressing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to postpone key votes...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!