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Greenland's Sweaty Summer

By Amelia Hennighausen - 2012-08-06T15:47:15Z

Photograph by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatory

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The Ice Last Time

Two years ago, on August 5, 2010, another enormous chunk of ice, roughly 97 square miles in area, broke off the Petermann Glacier along the northwestern coast of Greenland. This loss had made up about one-quarter of its 40-mile-long floating ice shelf, according to a NASA release.

The 2010 iceberg is the largest to form in the Arctic since 1962, according to the University of Delaware.

More icebergs could mean increased risks for oil companies drilling near Greenland.

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