September 3rd, 2010
02:07 PM ET

Massive iceberg on the move in Northern Hemisphere

The European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite is tracking the iceberg.

The largest chunk of ice in the Northern Hemisphere is on the move – at a four-hundredths-of-a-kilometer an hour clip.

Satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows that a massive iceberg that calved from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier on August 4 has cruised into the Nares Strait, putting 28 kilometers between it and its source.

The 245-square-kilometer iceberg – that’s about four times the size of Manhattan – faces a fractured future. The satellite imagery shows it has hit a small island, which is slowing its journey but also threatening to break it up.

The berg is being tracked by the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite
, using both radar and photographs.

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  1. Chicken Little


    September 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bodacious

      Nice to exclaim the end of the world with your CAPS lock on...

      September 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken Little (the original)

      What do you expect when one SCREAMS running around exclaiming THE WORLD IS ENDING THE WORLD IS ENDING RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!! WE ALL GONNA DIE FROM THE ICEBERG!!!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bodacious

      Its ok Chicken Little, I plan to take a ride on this new 'ice ship'. Claim it as U.S. territory.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      The name of this new ice ship will be the USS Substandard.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer1

      Yes – "Claim it as U.S. territory" and watch what happens when it melts! With the heat from vile and venom frothing from the likes of Limbaugh, Palin, and other similar characters, it won't take long.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd stevens

      I think the issue is that global warming is accelerating.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      OH NOES!

      September 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Johnson

      It's ok Little Chicken, some newbies on this site...just don't know you yet, it's all good man.

      September 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Johnson

      It's ok Lil' Chicken – you meant no harm with your caps.

      Hey BODACIOUS, relax.

      September 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hangem_High

      Caps Lock "On" when texting is commonly referred to as a text "SHOUT".

      September 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry W. Brookman

      Tow it to Saudi and make millions

      September 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • fromlasticeage

      So is this a blog? Is it a tweet? Is it a reply?
      I"m not sure but I have had an EPIPHANY here. You people (whoever u are) are VERY ENTERTAINING!!

      September 4, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. philipe12

    Global warming is really global dimming. For decades now water has been evaporating more slowly thanks to shade from pollution. Catch 22 if we are able to reduce atmospheric contamination temperatures will soar higher. This explains why governments seem to be dragging their feet. They know the above.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      Yeah, stay in your sheltered world and believe all the garbage you hear from the GOP and Fox. NatGeo will have to commission an expedition to locate your brain.

      September 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • philipe12

      and you keep drinking the kool-aid from Al Gore.

      September 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SmarterThanYOU

      You need a science lesson... Global Warming is the result of greenhouse gasses warming the atmo and raising land and sea temps. The more CO2 and CO that is pumped into the atmo causes solar radiation to be retained within the atmosphere rather than allowing it to escape back through and into space. Its not getting cloudier (unless you unfortunately live in a huge major city where they dont care what you breath) its getting more filled up with heat retaining gasses....

      September 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great

      Wow, interesting theory, but "Smarter Than You" below is correct. Google "greenhouse gases" or "CO2" or "methane" and see what the heating is caused by.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Are you saying we can emit an unlimited amount of CO2, and there will be no consequences? That's what I'm hearing, and its ignorance. Global dimming was discovered on 9/11/2001, and it means that non-C02 air polution has slowed the rate of global warming–because polution is absorbed by clouds and reflects sunlight back into space like a mirror.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • fredly

      phillipe is partially correct, yes, research has proven global dimming, the best example is 9/11/01, increased particles in the atmosphere are filtering, but I don't think global dimming is the reason for goverments dragginf thier feet.

      For all the know-it-alls, stop typing and start researching with an open mind. idiots make the world stop

      September 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpena

      Ummmm... Phelip, soot from pollution ABSORBS sunlight and infrared light. It doesn't slow down the melting, it accelerates it, duh!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      THAT is a prize winner for funny! It pollution were to change the albedo, the world would COOL, not warm.
      We'd have an INCREASE in glaciation, not melting glaciers.
      Get over it and used to the world as it was, warm. The ice age is finally ending.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaycee

      Water is evaporating FASTER because of more heat moron.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillW

      Someone else also mentioned this. Global dimming is a reality and works just as the original poster explained, however, it's not enough to counter global warming. There's actually a theory of pumping massive amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere to counter global warming. All you lemmings out there on both sides of the issue need to research and not take ANYTHING at face value.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobInIrvine

      I thought global dimming started when the US elected George W Bush. That was the rise of the dimwits.

      September 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      For those of you with any understanding of math and science who are arguing over global warming – I suggest your read up on CO2 saturatoin effects. CO2 has diminishing returns as far as ammount of additional heat retained. In addition, there are experiments that show in addition to increases in CO2 having reduced incremental affects, there is also a point at which temperature effects cancel each other out. More heat will result in more evaporation, which creats cloud cover, which will refract more of the heat. Also, for those who claim that its all about human production of CO2, look at natural emissions from geysers, volcanos and other sources. Lastly, the single largest cause of fluctuation in energy received by the earth is changes in solar activity. So, STOP blaming Rush and GOP, if you hate environmental climate change, try suing mother nature – or limit your CO2 footprint by killing yourself before you breed.

      September 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry W. Brookman

      Methane release from thawing perma frost will make a impact ten times greater than Co2 and no one has figured that in. We live in a self cleaning system and with seven billion of us here it needs cleaning. LOL

      September 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Captain Ahab

    Remember Pearl Harbor!!!!

    September 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa Ana

      And the Alamo!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Remember the Maine!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Remember to put on fresh underwear prior to going on any trips!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • A CNN Reader

      It was all Nobama's fault anyway!!!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Remember to wear clean underwear!

      September 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrThou

      Remember to kill Gilligan before attempting to get off the island next time!

      September 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      And the Bismarck!

      September 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roca

      it's the GOP and the Bush admin

      September 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    I sent this article to a girl in my office and her reply was, "I hope there weren't any pengins on it"....God I love blondes.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat


      September 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coworker

      Pat, why would you post something like that? That's not what I're such an attention seeker.....

      September 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Different John

      Mocking the intelligence of a coworker while screwing up your own spelling? Irony!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coworker

      Pat – I hope your right hand is blond cause thats all you getting from now on!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • EqualTime

      I hope there are penguins on it. You live on an iceberg your whole life, you accepted the benefits, now you accept the consequences too. Sometimes icebergs break off and go down the Nares at 1/400th of Kilometer per hour. That's life, deal with it.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Entertained

      Equaltime, you're my new favorite person

      September 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      There are no penguins in the North. They live in Antarctica.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Wrong, John. There are PLENTY of penguins on the North American continent. They moved from the zoos to the North though for the lower rent...
      Now, they're trapped on an island, pity they can't swim away... 😉

      September 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oceans

      Just so 'coworkder' can rest tonight – penguins live in the southern hemisphere.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristina Erin Kaye

      Just for the record, there are NO penguins in the northern hemisphere. Their equivalent in the northern hemi are Puffin.

      September 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Wilson

      Ha, funniest thing I heard all day. Thanks!

      September 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Well Pat seems now she might see this...

      September 5, 2010 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Butterfly1976

    Well what about the polar bears!!! jk LMAO 🙂

    September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrot Top

      are you supposed to LMAO to your own jokes?

      September 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • EqualTime

      Someone has to.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kutlass

    The continued saga - How about the solar flares that we knock out the world's grids and everyone will have no electricity. The world does not listen!

    September 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Maybe, what do YOU propose to do to prevent it? Activate the solar particle deflection array?

      September 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kutlass

    The continued saga – How about the solar flares that will knock out the world's grids and everyone will have no electricity. The world does not listen!

    September 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    Why is everything a culture war issue. This is the story of a big bunch of ice and what might happen to it. My take on this is that the ice is bound for a gigantic margarita glass down off Cancun.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bottoms up!

      Party in Cancun!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Nah, one island is breaking it up, the next few will crush it. So, there'll be crushed ice for all!
      That will melt and shut down the Gulf Stream, just in time for ski season. 😉

      September 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Texas Pete

    Oh noes! If it runs into Hurricane Earl, it will make it a blizzardcane and the entire East Coast will not recover for 50 years!

    Remind you of the scaremongering going on a few weeks ago about the Gulf Coast???

    September 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      It all fits. Earl will make for a blended margarita!

      September 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Except there are not any huge salt grains flying around, and we will need a lime juice tanker to spill nearby.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Just contact BP... I'm sure they can assist with that

      September 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • A CNN Reader

      BP Spills it from the wells.. EXXON is who cracks tankers!!! 😀

      September 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      But I don't want an oil flavored drink, I want a tanker filled with lime juice!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    A big bunch of ice finally wants to take a vacation away from all its relatives! I can appreciate that.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patropolis

    I bet there is a Smirnoff Vodka party on that iceberg. If I could only get to it before it melts.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frederaley

      I like your style Patropolis... I'm headed there too, first rounds on me!

      September 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    sounds like co worker knows how to handle that in a woman..

    September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Bodacious

    The U.S. offered Denmark $100M for Greenland. How is that working for you Denmark? Should have taken the offer...

    September 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      You know Greenland has a crapton of oil, once we get around to needing it.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bodacious

      It will be easier to get now that all the ice is melting away...

      September 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      If that fails, we'll just accuse them of having weapons of mass destruction. Problem solved.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Texas Pete

    Wow the iceberg is moving at speeds that would make a snail yawn.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave308

      One kilometer every 25 hours for an object that massive is actually pretty scary. Think about shipping routes.

      (No, I have not checked a map to see if this iceberg is near any active routes.)

      September 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I don't understand Ya'll.

    I don't know what I am missing but, what part of "we have been coming out an iceage for some time now" don't you understand. As the world gets warmer it is not on a linear curve it is exponential. another revelation is that ice melts, it freezes not on our timescale. If you think humans are in control, we are only a pencil mark on the global timeframe.

    September 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Entertained

      When you use the "word" "ya'll" you lose all credibility. Begone.

      September 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      DO look up the term exponential before you use it. If we were to exponentially heat, the oceans would literally be boiled off by now.

      September 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammer Police

      It's Y'all not Ya'll.. Y'all have a good weekend now ya hear!

      September 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • You all funny

      And thank that guy again what's his name that we're all a pencil mark on a time map

      September 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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