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A Glacier Calves

And gives birth to a BIG one! - An "ice island" four times the size of Manhattan has calved from a glacier in Greenland. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962.

The Petermann Glacier, the parent of the new ice island, is one of the two largest remaining glaciers in Greenland that terminate in floating shelves. The glacier connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean. The new ice island has an area of at least 100 square miles and a thickness up to half the height of the Empire State Building.

Researcher Andreas Muenchow says, "The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson rivers flowing for more than two years. It could also keep all US public tap water flowing for 120 days.

"The newly born ice-island may become land-fast, block the channel, or it may break into smaller pieces as it is propelled south by the prevailing ocean currents. From there, it will likely follow along the coasts of Baffin Island and Labrador, to reach the Atlantic within the next two years."

History still holds surprises for us, and one person who completely turned history on its head was the Master of the Key, who gave Whitley the information he needed to research and write The Coming Global Superstorm, which was made into the hit movie The Day After Tomorrow.

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