The images are a clear indication of a significant chasm near the center of the glacier’s floating ice shelf — an unusual location that raises questions on its formation.

Along with providing us with numerous insights into the working of the universe, US space agency NASA has time and again forewarned us of potential dangers like asteroids buzzing past the Earth, hurricanes and storms and most importantly, climate change.

NASA's IceBridge mission, an airborne survey of polar ice has been flying over northwest Greenland for the past several days. While flying over Greenland's enormous Petermann Glacier, NASA captured the first photographs of a new, ginormous crack, which is quite worrying.

Stef Lhermitte, a professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, provided the coordinates to NASA, after spotting the oddly located fissure by examining satellite images. This helped NASA capture the images.

Lhermitte posted satellite images on Twitter, thereby alerting a Petermann Glacier expedition team and questioning whether it was a prelude of a new island, or simply ocean forces creating the rift.


Source: April 17, 2017, www.zeenews.india.com