Sunday, August 24, 2008

Huge crack in glacier in northerm Greenland

Seth Borenstein, of the AP, reports today (Aug. 24) a huge late summer crack in the icecap in northern Greenland. The crack is eleven miles long and a huge chunk of ice may break off in an area that had been thought immune to melting from global warming. The report came out on Thursday Aug. 21.

The link is here and it has a satellite photo.
The story was reported also on AOL this evening. But only 43% of AOL responders were “very concerned” about global warming.

Other reports indicate that the entire Arctic Ocean icecap may soon melt in summers. A rapid glacial breakoff and melt could accelerate the rise of sea level, or possibly disturb the Gulf Stream.

Farther south, the Jakobshavn Glacier is moving further inland.

Greenland, belonging to Denmark, was a location in the 1997 Bille August’s sci-fi thriller “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (book by Peter Hoeg).

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