May 24, 2019

Giant Iceberg breaks free from Greenland

Blue waters and white sandy beaches in sunny northern Greenland

A giant ice sheet measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at the University of Delaware.

The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland and is the largest Arctic iceberg in 40 years.

Cracks in the glacier had been observed for the last year and an iceberg was expected to break off. Professor Muenchow of the University of Delaware said that “there was enough fresh water locked up in the ice island to keep all US public tap water flowing for 120 days.”