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Jakobshavn, Fastest Moving Glacier In The World Loses Enough Ice To Cover Manhattan

24/08/2015 16:30 BST | Updated 24/08/2015 16:59 BST

Jakobshavn, the world's fastest moving glacier has lost enough ice to cover all of Manhattan in a 300m-thick layer of ice.

Images taken by Sentinel-1A, a satellite, belonging to the European Space Agency, prove the glacier in western Greenland, lost a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 sq km.

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The shedding happened between 14 and 16 August and ESA say it is one of the most significant calving events to have taken place.

As a result, the glacier has been pushed inland -- the furthest easterly location since scientists first began monitoring it in the 1880s.

Jakobshavn glacier produces 10% of Greenland's icebergs, which ESA state is equivalent to 35 billion tonnes of ice that calve -- release ice-- every year.

The glacier has been retreating further inland over the last 250 years and researchers have been studying it to understand how climate change is affecting sea levels.

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