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Monday, July 27, 2009

Jakobshavn Glacier's floating tongue breaking up, July 27, 2009?

Here is the link to a MODIS Rapidfire satellite image from July 27, 2009 (250-m resolution) that appears to show the floating tongue of the Jakobshavn Isbræ breaking up.

But, doesn't it do this every year?

I will be posting the photo in a bit. Remember, readers, you really do need to click on the photos to enlarge them -- they will get much, much bigger.

And, by the way, this particular photo also shows the spectacular breakup of the ice arch north of the entrance to the Nares Strait, something that has not been known to occur in recent memory.

First, let me post up a nice photo map of the Nares Strait in March 2009, kindly provided by Wayne Hamilton:

OK, here is the cropped photo showing the ice arch completely broken up.

And, last but not least, the cropped photo showing the possible breaking up of the Jakobshavn Glacier's floating tongue.

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