Greenland just lost a chunk of ice so big you can see it from space


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A huge chunk of ice has just broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland – and it’s so big you can see it from space.

The 12.4km sq section is thought to be one of the largest to have ever come away from the ice sheet.

Satellite images taken in July and August show the extent of the damage.

It is thought the break-up took place around August 13 and 19.

Jakobshavn produces roughly ten per cent of Greenland’s icebergs.

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The Jakobshavn glacier-Greenland's fastest-moving glacier located near Ilulissat-is seen in a combination of NASA images taken by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite July 31, 2015 (L) and August 16, 2015. NASA images released August 20, 2015, show that the glacier shed a large chunk of ice sometime between August 14 and August 16. Scientists track the calving rate and speed of Jakobshavn in part because the glacier is responsible for draining a large portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet, according to a NASA news release. REUTERS/NASA Earth Observatory/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS Before and after pics show the extent of the damage (Picture: PA)

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These bergs head out towards the Atlantic and is largely believed to be the birthplace of the one that Titanic struck.

The pictures were taken from the EU’s Sentinel satellites.


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