Scientists with the NASA field campaign Operation IceBridge recently captured the first photographs of the growing rift while flying over Petermann Glacier, a structure that connects the Greenland ice sheet to the Arctic Ocean.
The new chasm appears in the center of the glacier’s floating ice shelf — the tongue of ice that extends into the water from the grounded glacier on land. In the photos, the crack appears relatively close to a larger rift spreading toward the shelf’s center. Should the two intersect, part of the ice shelf in northwest Greenland could potentially break off.
Things like this make you wonder why Trump wants to defund NASA Earth study programs.