An iceberg measuring nearly 50 square miles (130 square kilometers) floats away from the Petermann glacier in northwestern Greenland (map) in a color-enhanced July 21 photograph snapped by NASA's Terra satellite.
Strong ocean currents—rather than, say, surface melting—likely caused the breakup, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Like many glaciers, Petermann glacier has been disintegrating (picture) in recent years.
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