A Satellite View Of Glacial Melting

In this timelapse, NASA satellites capture unusual weather patterns in the Arctic.

Greenland lost a lot of ice this summer. In this timelapse video, an iceberg 12 square miles in size breaks off from the glacier and drifts away.

The region faced not only ice melting, but also a cyclone and flooding. The combined pressures of these weather patterns caused an iceberg about half the size of Manhattan to break off of the Petermann Glacier and float right through the Nares Strait. The Petermann Ice Island 2012, as the once-massive piece of ice has been named, floated and fragmented down the strait over the course of two months. There was no happy ending for the little ice island that could! Towards the end of the time-lapse, it melts into a tiny white speck.

NASA Visualization Explorer