Ice Island Wanderings

Earth Observatory–  Over a year ago, a huge chunk of ice broke off of a glacier in northwest Greenland.  The ice island has traveled slowly south since then, reaching the Newfoundland coast in August.

On a flight to Newfoundland last week, I saw giant floating slabs of ice that looked much like this one.  It’s very possible that they were smaller pieces of the same glacier.  Local fishermen told me that the main ice island recently passed by their village- it was the biggest they had ever seen.  They were pleased, because whenever big icebergs come near the village, the fishermen go out to collect ice for their whiskeys.


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