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Eqi Glacier

By TheURL  
About a 4 hour boat ride north of Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland you come to Eqi Glacier. The front of it is about 3km wide and the height above the water line is about 180m. Version 1 shows a superimposed graphic of the Great Pyramid at Giza and St Paul's Cathedral. The glacier is advancing at the rate of some 20m per day so its calving a few times every hour. We saw it do it about 8 or 9 times while we were there, most of them fairly small - though I missed a bigger one while the boat was turning round. Its a long boat ride but the scenery on the way and good company aboard made for a great day out. Short video here.

Tags: Glacier Greenland Landscape and travel Eqi

Voters: prtd, RLF, debu and 24 more

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30 Apr 2021 10:15AM
Great shot, Simon - difficult to imagine to think all this is in the process of melting.

Even more impressive video! Peter
TheURL Plus
1 19 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2021 10:31AM
Thanks Peter - I tried to find out just how much ice they have, given its almost two miles deep at the centre - turns out its in terra-tonnes. It melts but its also replaced. A lot of stats are misleading though, like the famous one that if it all melted, sea-levels would rise 7m. Numerically true but it couldn't happen. The energy distribution is such that it would take hundreds/thousands of years to melt it all, taking into account natural replacement - apparently even if you moved it all to the sahara desert. I'm not saying climate change is not an issue, but many statements presented as "facts" do have to be examined closely. Glad you liked the film!
30 Apr 2021 12:02PM
Historians are still puzzled as to how they got St Paul's Cathedral to Greenland.
You really have seen some things that most people haven't. Great photo.
TheURL Plus
1 19 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2021 12:51PM
lol - that's funny! Smile Thanks Mike
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
30 Apr 2021 2:14PM
Thats magnificent. Ive often wondered how the dirty bits get on top of these?
TheURL Plus
1 19 1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2021 2:42PM
Thanks Willie - I'm not an expert, but I guess its because when a bit falls off and rebalances itself, its unlikely to be the same way up. As the glacier moves in a series of rarefactions and compressions these bits get pushed up to the top. Maybe...?! Smile
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
30 Apr 2021 5:21PM
It makes sense.
BobbyMS Plus
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2 May 2021 4:31PM
The whole lot's lifespan looks measured in days---it is so tenuous-looking.

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