25 Oct '11, 11am

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Off the coast of Greenland lies an island resembling a bony claw. Long connected to Greenland’s coast by ice, the island escaped recognition for what it was for nearly a century. The island might have been discovered when explorers such as Jean-Baptiste Charcot and Philippe, Duke of Orléans, mapped Greenland’s coast. Instead, this little island was only recognized as such in September 2005, by Dennis Schmitt, an explorer from Berkeley, California. Melting ice enabled Schmitt to detect the island while flying over northwestern Greenland. This series of images shows observations of the newly discovered island taken by NASA Landsat satellites. Landsat 5 acquired the top image on August 11, 1985. Landsat 7 acquired the middle image on September 5, 2002, and the bottom image on September 4, 2005, the same month that Schmitt detected the island in his flyover. In the 1985 image,...

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