Copenhagen: An enormous chunk of Greenland’s ice sheet has broken off in the far north-eastern Arctic, a development that scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change.
The glacier section that broke off has an area of 110 square kilometres. It came off of the fjord called Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, which is roughly 80 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said on Monday.
The glacier is at the end of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream, where it flows off the land and into the ocean.
Annual end-of-melt-season changes for the Arctic’s largest ice shelf in Northeast Greenland are measured by optical satellite imagery, the survey known as GEUS said. It shows that the area’s ice losses for the past two years each exceeded 50 square kilometres.