Giant chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland

Saturday, August 07, 2010

You can read the article here. The reason why I'm writing about it though is not because I felt the urgency to report the news, but because it's a pet peeve of mine when articles mention the size of X compared to Y or Z but fail to actually provide an accurate map. So here is Greenland with the area of the iceberg in comparison. Total area = 350 km2, thus almost 20 km in both length and width.

Also keep in mind that Greenland is MASSIVE, so pretty much everything looks small in comparison to Greenland. Countries with a surface area about four times that of Manhattan are Grenada and Malta.

View Glacier on Greenland in a larger map

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