It appears that global warming is at it again, now favoring the separation of the widest mass of ice ever seen from Greenland. Scientists are looking at this big mass of ice which has casually detached from the Jakobshavn Glacier and seems to want to find its own way into the large ocean.
This section is said to measure 12.4 square kilometers and it is probably the largest of its kind. Images from the satellite indicate that the two ice mates broke up in between 13 and 19 August after their relationship seems to have turned a little warmer than it should have been.
Jakobshavn is widely known as a major drainage channel within the Greenland ice sheet and it is the grand creator of approximately 10 percent of the icebergs in the area. But now that the ice has broken free, it is going to make its way down a rather long fjord and then enter Davis Strait. After that, there is no turning point and the ice will find itself in the Atlantic before too long.
Jakobshavn is not an unknown drainage channel. It was actually rumored that he might be the reason why the Titanic sank in the first place. But experts estimate that glaciers move with a speed of tens of meters every day, especially in summer months. Thus, the glacier is one the fastest streams known to man. And it quite possible that it is the fastest.
The trajectory of the ice shelf has been mostly followed by the European space Agency via two distinct machines: Sentinel-1a and Sentinel-2a. The former is known as a radar platform which can see through the clouds and map the trajectory of the ice. The latter is a device that can provide images in context, so that specific information can be provided about ice shelves or glaciers at any point in time.
The space agency will keep us posted as to how and when the ice will reach its destination, but the entire phenomenon is, yet again, pointing at global warming and negative effects it can have on mother nature.
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