Wallpaper Tuesday

Elephant Foot Glacier

It looks like an artist’s impression of some icy moon in a far off star system, but this is a real thing. It’s called Elephant Foot Glacier, and pours out of a mountain range on the northeast coast of Greenland, at about 81 degrees north. (If you want to find it on Google Maps, the coordinates are 80.893281,-19.492493.) It’s a “peripheral” glacier, meaning it is separated from the main Greenland ice sheet. The problem with peripheral glaciers: they’re melting about 2.5 times faster than the main sheet.

(Click the image to embiggen. Hat tip to Maria.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Wallpaper Tuesday

  1. Inge says:

    Such a cool look to it. It’s a sad thing that it’s difficult to get a true feeling for the vastness these glaciers often have. On Antarctica, we saw this (http://witam.deviantart.com/art/Antarctica-3-430210320) and it was the first time you really, really got a feel for how big that face is.

    Anyway, just to say that the warming will impact a lot of beautiful places. Such a shame, some still deny it’s happening.

  2. Karyn says:

    Elephant Foot Glacier? I thought that it was the Star Trek Enterprise which clearly must have crash landed centuries earlier in Greenland after having been thrown back in time during a terrible fight with the Borg. I wonder what happened to the crew?

  3. Carla Fernandes says:

    I thought this might interest you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/01/31/268356264/a-hunk-of-planet-dissolves-before-our-eyes?ft=1&f=1007
    I came across the page on my Facebook feed and I was amazed at the sheer scale of the meltdown. Sharing the link is my way of thanking you for the hours of fun and enlightment that your blog has given me over the years 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      I love Krulwich, thank you! Yes, the scale of this is almost unfathomable. The movie “Chasing Ice” made a big impact when it came out — The Guardian said “If any film can convert the climate-change sceptics, Chasing Ice would be it.” And it did change the mind of at least one staunch denialist, raised on Fox News, who then recorded her own video to help undo the damage she felt she had caused.

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