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Melting and Glacier Calving in Greenland

Petermann Ice Island in Nares Strait
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Petermann Ice Island in Nares Strait

Acquired September 13, 2012, this natural-color image shows the fragmented ice island, PII-2012, in Nares Strait.

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Ice Island Drifts away from Petermann Glacier
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Ice Island Drifts away from Petermann Glacier

Acquired July 30, 2012, this natural-color image shows a recently calved iceberg drifting away from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier.

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Flooding in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
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Flooding in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Acquired May 31, 2012, and July 12, 2012, these images compare conditions along the Watson River at Kangerlussuaq, which was struck by floods in July 2012.

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Satellites Observe Widespread Melting Event on Greenland
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Satellites Observe Widespread Melting Event on Greenland

On July 12, 2012, satellites observed melting on nearly 97 percent of the ice sheet surface.

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Closeup of the Ice Island from Petermann Glacier
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Closeup of the Ice Island from Petermann Glacier

Acquired July 21, 2012, this image shows the iceberg that recently calved off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier as it continues to drift down the fjord.

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More Ice Breaks off of Petermann Glacier
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More Ice Breaks off of Petermann Glacier

Acquired with 23 hours on July 16-17, 2012, these three images track the calving of a new iceberg off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier.

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