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Huge ice island breaks from Greenland glacier

By T.K. Randall
August 9, 2010 · Comment icon 41 comments

Image Credit: US Coastguard
A massive island of ice four times the size of Manhatten has broken off from one of Greenland's two main glaciers.
According to professor of ocean science and engineering Andreas Muenchow the ice island is so large that the water contained within it could keep the Delaware or Hudson Rivers flowing for more than two years or keep all the public taps in America flowing for over 120 days.
The new ice island, which broke off on Thursday, will enter a remote place called the Nares Strait, about 620 miles south of the North Pole between Greenland and Canada.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (41)




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Comment icon #32 Posted by UtahRaptor 14 years ago
WOW!!! Am I ever p***ED!!! I just spent the last 2 hours writing out, in detail, exactly why/how we are heading for the next ice age, complete with the safest places in the US, and what to look out for in the coming years, only to have it wiped out by the Windows 7 update! I was 2 sentences from being done too! X-( I so am not rewritng all of that again!! Here! Do some paleoclimatology research! My forecast and entire model is built on the Younger Dryas Glaciation 12,900 years ago, our last ice age that slammed the planet in just 6 months and lasted over 1,000 years. A great majority is all ri... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by jesspy 14 years ago
Yep, it was so heavy because it had been growing for several years. But obviously growing glaciers is mankind's fault too. lol I don't know if you have ever seen the mummy. On one the movies there is a guy saying everything is cursed. Then another guy tells him to stop saying "this cursed that is cursed" Something along those lines. Anyway as soon as anything happens climate wise mankind is blamed which to me sounds like the guy from the mummy saying "this is mankind's fault, that is mankind's fault".
Comment icon #34 Posted by questionmark 14 years ago
WOW!!! Am I ever p***ED!!! I just spent the last 2 hours writing out, in detail, exactly why/how we are heading for the next ice age, complete with the safest places in the US It looks to me kind of like the Guadalcanal theory... some guy in '34 was calculating the safest place against a war in the Pacific... and came up with Guadalcanal.... As far as an Ice age, it is possible, would affect the Northern hemisphere and there is no safe place.
Comment icon #35 Posted by supervike 14 years ago
But there is no longer doubt among the scientific community that the world is getting warmer and we (humans) are the ultimate cause. I think you are wrong on this statement. There seems to be lots and lots of doubt, even amongst scientists.
Comment icon #36 Posted by SRCivic98 14 years ago
When does a series of exceptional climatic events stop been just coincidence. When do record setting temperature stop been just unusual. When does 3million Pakistani's been flooded out of their homes as predicted by scientists stop been just a freak accident. When does a long term shift in local weather stop been just normal. The calving of huge ice sheets is just another tiny clue among many and that is what my original post was referencing. When Climate change is the underlying cause is the answer to all these questions. Br Cornelius has it not occured to you that the Earth has always change... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by The Silver Thong 14 years ago
lol I don't know if you have ever seen the mummy. On one the movies there is a guy saying everything is cursed. Then another guy tells him to stop saying "this cursed that is cursed" Something along those lines. Anyway as soon as anything happens climate wise mankind is blamed which to me sounds like the guy from the mummy saying "this is mankind's fault, that is mankind's fault". and since a curse is a man made delusion of the mind we have to think that we might be able to effect climate change either in a positive manor or a negative one. It doesn't matter, it's happening.
Comment icon #38 Posted by MysticStrummer 14 years ago
When does a series of exceptional climatic events stop been just coincidence. When do record setting temperature stop been just unusual. When does 3million Pakistani's been flooded out of their homes as predicted by scientists stop been just a freak accident. When does a long term shift in local weather stop been just normal. Sadly, the answer is : When the great scientific minds of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly say so. That's how it is in the US anyway.
Comment icon #39 Posted by MysticStrummer 14 years ago
has it not occured to you that the Earth has always changed in climate throughout the millions of years without man's input? Or do you just go by what the media spins and turns for you? Science over politics any day. You asked a silly question in a serious way, so I will answer it in a serious way. Yes... everyone is aware of the natural cycles. The whole point is that the normal cycle seems to be changing, and that all the stuff humans spew into the environment is the strongly suspected cause. Besides changing the basic balance of the atmosphere, we are putting out substances that don't even ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by J.B. 14 years ago
There will be sceptics til the day the human race ceases to exist, period. Stop talking like anyone/thing can change that. This island could have been caused by weight, not AGW. So, don't say "Oh my GOD AGW is going to kill us!" It might, this doesn't necessarily have to do anything with AGW. We have our problems. We either will, or will not, sort them out. Period. And that ice age data we were given as far as locations completely has me baffled. . . Less sea - the sea should freeze over in the north - should mean smaller storms, not larger, and a lower sea at that, so that coastlines actually... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Siara 14 years ago
Sadly, the answer is : When the great scientific minds of Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly say so. That's how it is in the US anyway. Kind of like following two deranged lemmings off the cliff. The right wing business community has done something very clever... they have linked (culturally) denying global warming with being a "rugged individualist" and "sticking it to the man". When people vote against ecological policies they are STICKING IT TO THE MAN as well as putting money in the pockets of the businesses that are already milking Americans dry financially. Essentially big business is selli... [More]


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