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Titanic's revenge

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitSep 9, 2011 11:00 AM

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About a year ago, an enormous iceberg split off the Petermann glacier in Greenland. Taken by the current, it headed south, and just last month was off the coast of Labrador. The iceberg was over 20 km (12 miles) long. On August 22, NASA's Terra satellite took a look at it and saw this:

I have nothing much to add here, except to make sure you understand that a chunk of ice significantly bigger than Manhattan Island broke in half. Ships aren't alive, and even if they were the existence of their souls would be in doubt. But still, the idea appeals to me that somewhere, somehow, the Titanic is laughing. Image credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


Related posts: - Enormous glacier calves in largest arctic event seen in 48 years - Ice island heading south off Labrador - Titanic iceberg headed for Australia - Dramatic glacial retreat caught by NASA satellite

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