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A chunk of ice twice the size of Manhattan has broken off Greenland in the last two years

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A 44-square-mile chunk of ice, about twice the size of Manhattan, has broken off the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf in northeast Greenland in the last two years, leaving scientists fearful over its rapid disintegration.

(CNN)A 44-square-mile chunk of ice, about twice the size of Manhattan, has broken off the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf in northeast Greenland in the last two years, leaving scientists fearful over its rapid disintegration.

"We should be very concerned about what appears to be progressive disintegration at the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf, because upstream . . .

is the only major Greenland ice sheet ice stream," said Jason Box from The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in a statement on Monday.

Greenland, the world's largest island, is located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and around 79% of its surface is covered in ice.

Since 1999, the Greenland shelf has lost 62 square miles of ice, according to GEUS.

"The last few years have been incredibly warm in northeast Greenland," Jenny Turton, a researcher at Germany's Friedrich Alexander University said in a statement.

"When you observe large parts of an ice shelf breaking off you do raise an eyebrow, but with current developments in the Arctic there is also the realization that this is to be expected," GEUS researcher Niels J.

The new research from GEUS follows a study released last month by Ohio State University, which found that Greenland's ice sheet had melted to a point of no return.

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