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Greenland ice island captured in satellite images

Satellite images of ice island, which broke off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland (Image: NASA)

Satellite images released by Nasa have captured the scale of the ice island that broke off the Petermann Glacier in northwestern Greenland on 5 August.

The image on the left was taken on 28 July and the image on the right was taken on 5 August.

The floating chunk of ice measures approximately 250 square kilometres (100 square miles).

According to Nasa's Earth Observatory, the glacier lost about one-quarter of its 70km-long floating ice shelf.

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