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Massive "Ice Island" Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

by Ben Jervey

August 13, 2010
On Friday, the Petermann glacier in far northern Greenland calved a massive iceberg four times the size of Manhattan. That's 97 square miles worth of ice, at "a thickness up to half the height of the Empire State Building."
Before we go and pin this on the most appealing and headline-creating perp (and oh how the temptation is there, with the break happening as the term "global warming" just celebrated its 35th birthday and all), it's well worth checking out Andy Revkin's post on DotEarth, where he has a couple of glaciologists weighing in on whether we should even be talking about this break in the context of climate change and sea level rise. 

Top photo: NASA, arrow added by author.

Video credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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