Nature & Environment
Huge ice island breaks from Greenland glacier
By T.K. Randall
August 9, 2010 · 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.
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