The Spalte Glacier in northeast Greenland has now disintegrated • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Spalte Glacier, just as it was starting to break up into smaller icebergs and separate from the largest ice shelf in the Arctic.

The Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden Ice Shelf (79N) forms the floating front end of the Northeast Greenland ice stream. 

At the point where the 79N transitions from the land to the ocean, it splits into two parts. The offshoot that runs north from the ice sheet once formed the Spalte Glacier, which has now completely disintegrated.

Spalte Glacier’s final departure from the 79N Ice Shelf comes after years of progressive ice loss as warmer temperatures have transformed the Arctic.

The image was captured on June 24, 2020 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite.

Image Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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