sea ice in front of Petermann Glacier just broke away

We’re heading to Petermann Glacier to install time lapse cameras before a large section of floating glacier ice breaks away. The sea ice that forms in front of the glacier and probably stabilizes it just broke away, seems 1-2 weeks earlier than normal. We should arrive on site early July, so we’re losing our race against time.

ESA Meris image

(above) Europoean Space Agency (ESA) MERIS image of Nares St (open water all winter). Notice the dark arc of open water as the sea ice detaches in one piece from the Petermann Glacier front. Click here for a location map.