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Massive Iceberg Cuts Loose From Greenland Glacier

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Posted on Jul 19, 2012
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A block of ice twice the size of Manhattan has broken loose from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Scientists were quick to say that no single event of this kind can be attributed to climate change. But the breaking up of glaciers is consistent with a warming world.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

BBC:

“It is not a collapse but it is certainly a significant event,” Eric Rignot from Nasa said in a statement.

Some other observers have gone further. “It’s dramatic. It’s disturbing,” University of Delaware’s Andreas Muenchow told the Associated Press.

“We have data for 150 years and we see changes that we have not seen before,” Mr Muenchow added.

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