Earth  ID: 10627

Video File: Large Slab of Greenland's Petermann Glacier Breaks Off

On August 5, 2010, an enormous chunk of ice, roughly 97 square miles in size, broke off the Petermann Glacier, along the northwestern coast of Greenland. The glacier lost about one-quarter of its 40-mile long floating ice shelf, the Northern Hemisphere's largest. It's not unusual for large icebergs to calve off the Petermann Glacier, but this new one is the largest to form in the Arctic since 1962.

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Trent L. Schindler (UMBC): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Michelle Williams (UMBC): Video Editor
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Video Editor
Tom Wagner (NASA): Interviewee
Michelle Williams (UMBC): Producer
Rich Melnick (HTSI): Project Support
Michelle Williams (UMBC): Videographer
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G2010-103 -- Petermann Glacier Video File

SVS >> Ice
GCMD >> Location >> Greenland
DLESE >> Narrated
SVS >> Glaciers
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version