The glacier which may have sunk the Titanic is now moving at record speeds
The Greenland glacier that was thought to have been responsible for the sinking of the Titanic is moving four times faster into the sea than it was in 1960s and its instability could result in it moving at 10 times the speed by the end of the century, a study has found.The Jakobshavn Glacier in the south-west of Greenland, which is believed to have produced the iceberg that sank the Titanic in 1912, is now the fastest moving glacier in the world as a result of a rapid increase in the rate at which the massive Greenland ice sheet is melting, scientists said.
Satellite measurements from space show that last summer the glacier moved at a record speed of 17 kilometres a year, or more than 46 metres per day. The scientists said the speed is unprecedented for any glacier or ice stream in Greenland, the rest of the Arctic or the Antarctic.“We are seeing summer speeds more than four times what they were in the 1990s on a glacier which at that time was believed to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, glacier in Greenland,” said Ian Joughin, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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You won’t miss it if you blink, but the glacier thought to have been responsible for the sinking of the Titanic is moving at record speed.
A new study has found that the Jakobshavn Glacier, in the south-west of Greenland, is moving more than 17 kilometres per year, or over 46 metres per day.
Researchers from the University of Washington and the German Space Agency (DLR) measured the dramatic speeds of the fast-flowing glacier in 2012 and 2013.
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