Nordenskiold Glacier in Greenland

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Nordenskiold Glacier, Greenland. Image modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA,CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
Nordenskiold Glacier, Greenland. Image modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This image shows the islands along the west coast of Greenland, the world’s largest island. A false-color image acquired from the Sentinel-2A satellite, the grasses and low-lying plants covering the islands are colored red.  The Nordenskiold Glacier is visible on the right edge of the image.

What is Glacier Milk?

The light blue swirls in the image shows ‘glacier milk’.  ‘Glacier milk’ is made up of particles of fine sediment suspended in water.  The sediment enters the water when the glaciers rub against the rocks.


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Sentinel 2-A helps track ice loss from melting glaciers.  Between 2011 and 2014, Greenland lost around 1,000 billion tons of ice.

Watch the Video of Nordenskiold Glacier in Greenland

 

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