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Ice chunk about twice the size of Manhattan has broken off Greenland

Ice chunk about twice the size of Manhattan has broken off Greenland
Posted at 3:16 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 15:16:50-04

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Scientists say an enormous chunk of Greenland’s ice cap, estimated to be about 110 square kilometers (42.3 square miles), has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic. For comparison, Manhattan is roughly 22 square miles.

They see it as evidence of rapid climate change, which is leading to the disintegration of the Arctic's largest remaining ice shelf.

The section broke off a 50-mile long fjord at the front end of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream, where it flows off the land and into the ocean.

One scientist says “we should be very concerned” about the ice loss. In August, a study showed that Greenland lost a record amount of ice during an extra warm 2019.