Petermann iceberg visible from Labrador - and from space

Tue, 2011-07-26 15:41Richard Littlemore
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Petermann iceberg visible from Labrador - and from space

#FromSpace a lonely iceberg in the Labrador Sea off Petty Har... on Twitpic

The Petermann Ice Island, a Manhattan-sized iceberg that broke off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland last August, has since traveled almost 4,800 kilometres (3,000 miles) and is currently bumping off the Canadian coast of Labrador.

The glacier is so huge that it can be seen equally well from space (this photo was taken yesterday from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut and Expedition 27 flight  engineer Ron Garan) and from American Hill, a promontory near the Labrador village of Saint Lewis. less than 50 kilometres from the northern tip of Newfoundland.

Saint Lewis Mayor Annie Rumbolt said today that the iceberg has been the talk of the town for almost a week approaching to within 15 kilometres of shore. “You can drive on up to American Hill and see it from there,” she said. “Everybody has.”

Evan Pye, 16, a student from Lodge Bay who’s spending his summer cleaning up Labrador beaches as part of  the Green Team Conservation Corps, said that while icebergs are always floating past this coast, this one is “four or five times” larger than anything that the locals have seen before.When the iceberg calved from the Petermann Glacier last year, it was estimated to be almost 250 square kilometres - more than four times larger than Manhattan. A navigation buoy that was dropped on it last fall charted its course through the winter, but ceased sending a signal almost two months ago. But the ‘berg, still more than 55 square kilometres, continues to show up on satellite imagery and obviously caught Ron Garan’s attention as he was looking out of a space station window.

NASA spokesters say that the Petermann Ice Island is unlikely to strike land in Labrador or Newfoundland because the massive berg will first ground itself on the sea floor some distance from shore. But as the residents of Saint Lewis were reporting it blowing back out to sea, it remains a serious threat to shipping and oil rigs in the area.

Comments

Hey, guess what? I can see my 10' patio in Google Earth.

And that iceberg? It's just frozen water, not lobstermen from Venus coming to attack us.

Ahhh, feel the hysteria!

with killer robots from Venus.

I suspect that you are a robot troll, as your comment has no real relevance to the content of the post.

So go away and find a real job.

Yes, boss! Right away!

Fern runs a tight ship here. No trolls. No bad spelling and straighten that tie mister.

How about some sciency quotes about this being proof positive of some kind of major acceleration of climate change?

It's an interesting big block of ice story, but I was looking for the end of the world angle.

The Scientific Consensus(tm) is that this iceberg consists of 2% frozen water ... and 98% DOOM!!!!!!

Apparently J. Peterman is selling icebergs now, and Littlemore is shilling:

"The first time I saw this iceberg I was sitting at an outdoor café in Rome. Then I saw it again in Florence, Milan, and Venice.

The settings changed — the Duomo, the piazza. But there it was, always catching my eye.

I would imagine this would look good wherever you saw it.

"I left my iceberg in my apartment."

Not a bad image to have.

The result is an iceberg that's glossy, soft, and slightly dressy.

Fully lined with lightweight fill. Knit-trimmed collar, forming a turtleneck when zipped up. The six snaps (three visible and three hidden) are antique nickel. Two chest pockets with hidden snaps and piping. Two body pockets with piped trim, snap flaps, and slits for side entry. Interior vertical welt pocket with snap. Looks even better when you're not going 30 mph. Imported."

This iceburg appears large. And this is unusual how?

I could totally see that page in the catalogue!!
Made me laugh. Thanks!