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Latest NASA satellite view of the Greenland ice island, apparently grounded near off the Newfoundland coast.

Latest NASA satellite view of the Greenland ice island, apparently grounded near off the Newfoundland coast.

On August 9, 2011, the Canadian Ice Service (CIS) reported that the Petermann Ice Island-A (PII-A) appeared to be grounded off the east coast of Newfoundland, east of the city of St. Anthony. The ice island had been grounded since August 7, the CIS reported. PII-A apparently traveled little over the next week. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the ice island and its surroundings on August 14, 2011. Clouds hide much of the region, and white lines delineate coasts and borders. PII-A appears as an irregularly shaped white body east of St. Anthony. What look like small fragments of ice appear immediately west and north of the ice island. The CIS had reported for weeks that the ice island was losing mass due to melting and calving, so a continued loss of ice is consistent with CIS reports. PI...

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