Huge Calving at Arctic Ice Shelf: Massive Chunk Larger Than Paris Breaks Off

A recent study by the University of Lincoln in England predicted that the melting ice in Greenland could raise sea levels by 10 to 12 centimeters by 2100. Average temperatures in the region have risen by about three degrees Celsius since 1980.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A massive chunk of ice - larger than the city of Paris - has broken off from the Arctic's largest ice shelf because of warmer temperatures in Greenland, scientists said on Monday. The 113 sq km block broke off the Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier in Northeast Greenland, which scientists said had been expected given the rising average temperatures.

“We're observing increasing speed on this largest remaining ice shelf,” Jason Box, professor of glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), said.

GEUS also published satellite images showing the portions of the glacier that had broken off . . .

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