Information Page: Jacobshavn Calving
Jacobshavn Calving Front
|Keywords:||tide water glacier|
|Keywords:||sea level rise|
|Model name:||Animation model name|
|Where:||Disco Bay, Greenland|
|When:||5th June, 2007, 40 minutes|
Grade level: Under graduate (13-16)
Statement: Calving Event at Jacobshavn Glacier
Abstract: Jacobshavn Glacier is one of the largest tide-water glaciers of Greenland. It is located on the West-coast, and drains into Disco Bay. The movie shows a calving event recorded on the 5th of June, 2007. Tremendous ice blocks calve off the active calving front of the glacier. The glacier always moves fast; at about 20m /day, and calving happens continously. Amundson et al., report 32 large events within 1 year, mostly in the period May to August. This event is gigantic, to give an idea of scale; the calving front above water is ~100m high, below water there is another 900m hidden. The blocks that break off are about 1000m wide and a few 100m in the downflow direction. The triangular block that you see overtopple in this movie sticks 200 m out of the water!
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