February 2017

Petermann Glacier in National Geographic Traveller

Aerial views Melt Pools on Petermann Glacier, in remote northwest Greenland

Aerial views of Melt Pools and melt rivers on Petermann Glacier, in remote northwest Greenland.

Here’s a photo I made from a Greenpeace helicopter over Petermann Glacier in remote Northwestern Greenland in 2009 during a Greenpeace campaign to look at how climate change was affecting Greenland’s outlet glaciers, before the infamous Copenhagen climate meeting. Those are meltpools on the floating tongue of the Glacier, and the black blobs are cryoconite, deposits of rock, soil, soot, and other matter that collects on ice, then melts its way down. The 80km long, 20km wide floating tongue of Petermann Glacier currently accounts for about 10% of the output of ice from Greenland’s Ice Cap.
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