Greenland Glacier Races to Ocean at Record Speed
Jakobshavn, the glacier widely thought to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic, reaches record speeds.
A Greenland glacier named Jakobshavn Isbrae, which many believe spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic, has hit record speeds in its race to the ocean. Some may be tempted to call it the king of the glacier world, but this speedy river of ice is nothing to crow about.
A new study published February 3 in the journal Cryosphere finds that Jakobshavn's averaged annual speed in 2012 and 2013 was nearly three times its rate in the 1990s. Its flow rate during the summer months was even faster.
"We are now 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