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Ellesmere Island - Many fjords are now without sea ice - I dont recall anything similar - NASA - Ecovery

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The Gate at the entry of Independence Fjord is now open and massive amounts of sea ice will be broken inside the 3 fjords:

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Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: St. Patricks Bay Ice-caps are gone
« on: August 07, 2020, 07:14:38 PM »
I remember reading about these in 2017 and hoping they might be making a cyclical recovery, but no, they are officially gone

There are are many spots in Greenland were the situation is similar, just opposite Ellesmeere Island in Washington Land and next to Petermann at least a dozen are gone or almost gone.

There is a whole chain of "separate" lakes well connected down to Kap Zachariae and the sea:

Here is another shot, still something left though:
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Sermeq Kujalleq aka Jakobshavn Isbræ in Rock and roll mood:

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Sea-ice buttressing gone...a speedup of the glacier is probably taking place now.
I dont believe the sea ice in front of Petermann Gletscher is any problem to this Giant, but that said the sea ice normally goes away when in Petermann calves in Mid July and August.

While we are waiting for the "Big One" at Petermann Gletscher, a similar calving type was seen at Ryder Gletscher in August 2016, notice how small the crack is just days before the actual calving.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: 2020 Sea ice area and extent data
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:18:05 AM »
Can people please just wait for JCG and Gerontocrat to do their things. It is always funny watching people try to jockey for the honorable position of daily data updater.

As long as users post data ir's ok. Maybe not always useful but no harm. Thanks to all who make the effort.

JAXA Extent -Comparisons with other years

With Juan having a bit of a rest (I hope - he certainly deserves one**) while others take up the slack, I attach my not-as-good-as-Juan's table of variations of Jaxa extent c.f. previous years from 2000.

I also attach another not-as-good-as-Juan's table, this one showing extent on this day c.f. previous years MINIMA from 2000. As extent diminishes 2020 will slide down the table.
** Juan can't go to bed until the JAXA data arrives, and sometimes it doesn't..
Me, I can yawn, scratch my arse, get up, have a coffee or 3 and only then wake my laptop up.

Thank you all for your comments. The true is that it is hard to be the one that has the job to post 10 or 15 minutes after ADS makes public their data. Sometimes I want to go to bed earlier and sometimes I am doing other stuff and I have to leave it, just because it is the time to post. So, sometimes I just want to skip the post.

Yesterday I was watching Netflix with my wife and I have to stop watching, to make the post 15 minutes later than usual. In a way, it was a relief to saw the posts of Frivolousz21 and MrGreeny (*). I decided to return to watch TV. I think there is not harm if I don't post every single day.

So, thank you, Frivolousz21 and MrGreeny.

I understand the excitement that we have now, with all the records that are being broken. I share this excitement, so, as it is said on boxing, I am not throwing the towel. I will look to continue posting.

If I haven't made the post in 15 minutes after the JAXA data has been released, please feel free to make the post.
(*) P.S. A great relief that there was not a century drop...  :)

I know how stressful it can be.


A revisit to Petermann Gletscher since 2000, including the unnoticed 2008 calving, notice the disappereance of Ice Caps at Washington Land and Daugaard-Jensen Land during the years:

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Petermann Gletscher -  July 6 2020 and counting. Calving sequence start T-? .........

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Impressive. It waited all those years, but then went all at once.
I wonder if this will affect the big neighbor 79N. In principle it could help speed it up, due to removal of some resistance, but not sure if the effect is significant.

I dont expect anything unsual from this event, but I am surprised the calves could depart that easily I expected them be grounded all these years.

More action in the vicinity of the former:

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A massive calving sequence happened from June 29  to July 5 at Zachariae Isstrøm, it was almost involving the whole calving front about 18 km and some +10 km2 of debris.

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As reported by Mr. Ä the lake Kangârssûp Taserssua is getting closer:

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And here is the long awaited calving at Spaltegletscher:

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As reported earlier by AH Jakobshavn did a late June calving:

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Petermann Gletscher - June 27 2020 and counting. Calving sequence start .........

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Petermann Gletscher: The crack at Petermann Gletscher is expanding, the next few weeks will be interesting, will the potential +/- 200 km2 calf take off this summer? The crack is also only 1,5 km from the portside crack so only 7,5 % from being a full crack across the glacier.

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Jakobshavn Isbræ
Very active this season but still far away from where it was August 16 2015.

The crack at Petermann Gletscher is progressing, and we could well see a +/- 200 km2 calving later in the season (July/August).

The Corona year 2020 may be the year for the next calving at Petermann Gletscher:

Hi Stephan,

The southern branch is unusually deep this time of the season, compared to all years I have records of.

A busy month is coming to an end:

Jakobshavn is pretty active this spring?

quite a calving at the Sverdup Gletscher (from Sentinel playground 2nd of April 2020):

Correction: That is Nansen Gletscher, Sverdrup Gletscher is the next glacier to the right.

The situation at Petermann so far in 2020:

Bathymetry constrains ocean heat supply to Greenland’s largest glacier tongue:

A very heavy calving or almost an explosion happened today at Nansen Gletscher, sorry about the lousy resolution:

Although I expected a real calving in 2019 which obvisously did not happen, the cracks at the port side of the glacier are still extending further towards each others.
The cracks are shown with a red 1. and 2.   

Helheim Gletscher not far away from record satellite retreat (August 17 2017), some would say overall record but not depthwise?

A day later:

Another one:

Yeah, I thought it was transparency. But the 3 melt lakes in the upper left were in exact same location 20 years ago. It's the underlying topography of course, but still notable.

And notice the sea ice outside the island barrier in 1999, 3 years later in 2002 all the sea ice broke up including the Zach Bay area, letting a lot of debris out of the bay trap, probably one big reason for the retreat and different calving activity at Zachariae Isstrøm later, the backpressure was not there anymore.

Amazing, the cracks of today's calving front already existed in 1999.  :o

No not really, the reason is I made the 1999 material slightly transparent :)

Zachariae Isstrøm - Here is animation showing the massive retreat over the years at this impressive glacier:
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Thanks for this information  - the first breaking news since I visit this forum.
Let's look which part will break down and whether this will be one big simple event or a row of consecutive smaller calvings. Any guess when it will happen?
Hello Stephan the reason I call it a session, is to avoid some clever persons arguing about the size of the calving, because most calvings or 99,9...% is more than just one action it is a series of actions. It will for sure be a large calving, how large we will see? The calving session as I see it has allready started.

Breaking News
I have been waiting for this to happen for a while, but via other sources I can now see the calving session is underway, this calving session could well be the largest calving session since Zachariae Isstrøm was separated from the former tongue in 2012, it could be larger than the well known calving session at Jakobshavn Isbræ in August 14 - 16 2015. My prelimerary estimates is it could be up to 13 km2.

The animation below show: The potential calving area is marked with red color. And the animation in the black box show the calving event at Jakobshavn Isbræ August 14 - 16 2015 (same scale).

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And a few more:

More images:

And again all credits to Linette Boisvert and the NASA Ice Bridge Team here is a row of photos from Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden where Lambert Land is seen from the northside :

At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth, where can we find links to higher resolution versions?


Kjer Gletscher - No text needed:

Here is another present from Linette Boisvert and her colleagues at the NASA Operation IceBridge, it is a video showing the fligth from where the images (above) ended: 

Wow. Just wow.
Seeing the familiar calving front up close and personal gives meaningful insight to the scale of the thing.

Yes it is a bit different to LEGO?

More images:

In cooperation with the Operation Ice Bridge Team and especially Sea Ice Scientist Linette Boisvert NASA who sent me many images and a few videos from their trip across Zachariae Isstrøm on September 5 2019, the delay in the publishing is due to the poor internet band width at Thule Airbase.
We start this round of images from the top of Zachariae Isstrøm including the giant meltponds then passing the calving front across the Zach Bay and at the end we reach the former glacier tongue of Zachariae Isttrøm, now a death piece of glacier ice, enjoy and again thanks to Linette:

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