The Petermann Glacier in Greenland has been used as a barometer of climate change in the past when a huge chunk of it broke off in August of last year. Now, the news is even more grim. The glacier has melted at the rate of 16.5 feet in the past two years, and a larger ice island is due to break off of the ice mass. The difference in the size of the glacier between 2009 and now can easily be seen in today’s news piece on it.
According to scientists who have been monitoring the glacier, the melt and calving that occurred last year is the worst that has happened since monitoring began on the glacier 150 years ago.