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. Tom

    Im going to try and dumb down the "sciency stuff" for the average person here. The Ice caps reflect the suns rays back into space while the dark blue oceans absorb it. Now most people if they have been payung attention the in the past decade know that the Ice caps are melting at an accelerated (fast) rate along with most of the worlds glasiers. Simple resasoning will tell you that not only is it getting hotter but if it continues it will get hotter faster.

    September 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jj20091991

    if it moved to warmer waters i would say PARTY ON AN ICEBURG... i think it would be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PARROT

    BUSH CREATED THIS DISASTER WITH HIS BILLION TONS OF BOMBS DROPPED IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND BORA-TORA....NOW WE ARE DOOMED!!

    September 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clark1b

    maybe the iceberg will cool the oceans off a bit and help stop global warming.

    1/400 of a km/hour is 60meters/day = 1800meters since 4 August or 1.8 km not 28 km

    September 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Your assuming the Iceberg has been traveling at a constant speed which is pretty much impossable. They have been tracking it with satalites and gps I think they know within a few meters how far it has traveled.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave308

      The article says "four-hundredths-of-a-kilometer an hour." As a fraction, this is 4/100 (reduced to 1/25), not 1/400. As a decimal, 4/100 = 0.04. 28 km is correct.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave308

      Your fraction (1/400) would be read as "one four-hundredth."

      September 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. duh

    Wow that ice berg is shaped like an "N" =P

    September 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave308

      Lol, cute.

      September 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. super dave

    Climate change is a reality people! Arguing how severe it will be or how long it will take to seriously mess up the world isn't the point. It has been proven by millions of man hours of scientific research over many years, and the global scientific consensus is that theres over a 90% chance that it is caused by man( google it ). It is a sad thing that we are still arguing about whether it is real or not, instead of arguing what to do about it. Our species is slowly drawing a noose about ourselves. Friggit it reminds me of Agent Smith on the Matrix comparing us to parasites.

    September 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triple A

      Your right a lot of effort went into this study, years and years worth, it takes time to change, forge, edit and double check the data to support a certain point of view.

      September 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. deep freez

    why havent the somolians hy jacked it yet.

    September 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hughie

    Hey, I'll only begin to worry if that massive berg is the size of Kirstie Alley.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Testament

    Somehow seeing "Ice berg on the move" planted a bunch of global warming comments made by other ppl in my head. Lo and behold -_-'

    it isn't just Earth Heating up. Its the entire Solar system. Our sun is becoming a bit more active with Solar Flares and sun spots. Even the other planets are beginning to heat up...and somehow i doubt all that is caused by ppl leaving a light bulb on for 2 days. They're only saying its being caused by us to get more $$ out of us. Sure I totally agree not to waste what you have. Seriously i do, however I have to say these scientists, politians, religious leaders and who ever else is telling the public that we are doing this; they only want one thing. $$$. For awhile they've been wanting to impose the Carbon tax which in one clause says we are to be taxed for breathing. Maybe not put that bluntly but very well sugar coated and if you hate sugar (pun intended) you can see through that delicious treat for what it really is. 😉

    If the world is meant to get hot then its going to get hot whether we like it or not and there is no stopping it. The only constant in this life and in this very universe is change. Its time to get used to it.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raz

    Global Warming is a *Natural* cycle. Our contribution to said cycle is a whole lot less than most people think.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • You all funny

      ad you know this....how?

      September 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gopy

      of course Raz, same that God created the world in 7 days 2000 years ago... with Walmatr tools of course. We all learn that at church. This is just comunist fiction! Don't take it seriusly.

      September 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Triple A

    Traveling at four-hundredths-of-a-kilometer an hour clip, quick form a line, hair dryers at the ready. At that speed we'll melt it faster than it can move. The world is safe once again.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. You all funny

    back to the iceberg jokes. those are funny. we've had 'nuf serious talk. i like the margarita theme. anyone have anymore drinking jokes with the iceberg as the pun? Huh?

    September 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Triple A

    4/100 of a kilometer/hour = 1/25 of a kilometer/hour = .04 Kilometers/hour = .96 Kilometers/day = 350.4 kilometers/year = 217.73 miles/year = 2,177.3 miles/decade

    September 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gopy

      Waaaaaaooo, you know how to multiply and divide with decimals. You must be of these few people that is smart and even know to use a calculator. You see Bush plan to not let behind nobody works!!

      September 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triple A

      Not really I am just from the time when schools still taught you an education instead of being politically correct and scared of their own shadow. 🙂

      September 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Triple A

    I think.... my head hurts now 🙂

    September 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FloridaDave

    How many Gelato's can we get out of it?

    September 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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