Warming breaks the largest remaining ice shelf in the Arctic

Researchers at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Germany reported that the 79N glacier is approximately 80

km long and 20 km wide. At the leading edge, 79N splits in two, one branch turns to the north, and it is this branch that is currently split.


The breakaway site occupies about 110 sq. km. Satellite images show that it has split into many small pieces.

This event is further evidence that, according to scientists, rapid climate change is taking place in Greenland.

And in 2019 and 2020, there were record summer temperatures here.

Polar Explorer from Friedrich Alexander University in Germany

A big problem for ice platforms isthe presence of melt water on them, which fills and widens the cracks, this weakens the ice shelf. Oceanographers have noted higher sea temperatures, which are melting the ice shelf below.

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