Spalte Glacier in northeast Greenland is now disintegrating •

Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Spalte Glacier in northeast Greenland, which has now broken up into numerous icebergs. 

Spalte branched off from a much larger glacier, Nioghalvfjerdsbrae, many years ago. It has since been cracking and shedding ice for decades.

In late June of 2020, Spalte’s 44 square miles of ice completely broke away and started to break down into smaller pieces.

Scientists say that the event is part of a “progressive disintegration” that has happened amid unusually warm temperatures in recent years.

The image was captured on July 24 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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