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Chasing ice

21 August 2015

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Satellite images show that the fastest moving glacier in the world shed a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 sq km recently - one of the most significant calving events on record.

Radar images from Sentinel-1A captured the Jakobshavn glacier in western Greenland before and after the event, which took place between 14 and 16 August.

Comparing images taken on 27 July, and 13 and 19 August, the new face of the glacier has been pushed inland by several kilometres to what appears to be its furthest easterly location since monitoring began in the mid-1880s.

The image time series suggests that between 27 July and 13 August, the glacier advanced westward before the calving caused rapid retreat of the ice front to its position on 19 August.

Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

Image credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA - Sentinel-1 view of Jakobshavn Glacier

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