31 Aug '11, 3pm

Dramatic time-lapse photos shows a collapsing ice shelf in the Arctic

Dramatic time-lapse photos shows a collapsing ice shelf in the Arctic

Jason Box, top; Alun Hubbard An aerial view of the Petermann glacier front taken on Aug. 5, 2009, top, and another taken two years later, on July 24, 2011. One of the more dramatic events in the Arctic in recent years was the detachment, in 2010, of a large section of the ice shelf attached to Petermann Glacier, in northwest Greenland. A chunk of ice measuring 100 square miles, about four times the size of Manhattan, broke loose and floated away. The possible connection of this event to global warming drew immediate interest, including a hearing in Congress. Now a scientist who does extensive work in the Arctic, Jason E. Box of Ohio State University, is posting before-and-after images that give a better sense of the scale of the breakup. Above, we reproduce two shots looking up the fjord toward the front of the ice shelf, one taken in 2009 before the breakup, and another t...

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