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Satellite image shows ice island drifting towards Canadian coast

Searching for images of the huge ice island headed towards Newfoundland that we reported on last night, I contacted the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. They have kindly shared with us the image below, taken by their Terra satellite on Wednesday, which shows the island as a solid white shape close to the center of the frame.

NASA/GSFC, Rapid Response

Iceberg PII-A is seen off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada on July 20th at 14.25 UTC, photographed from the Terra satellite.

msnbc.com reports:

A Manhattan-sized chunk of ice that broke off a glacier in Greenland nearly a year ago is drifting toward the coast of Newfoundland, Canada — providing a stunning sight to scientists and curiosity-seekers but also posing a potential threat to ships.

The ice island is 20 square miles — roughly 6.2 miles long and 3.1 miles wide. It was formed when a 97-square-mile chunk of ice broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier on Aug. 5, 2010, possibly due to warming of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading.

A huge chunk of ice, roughly the size of Manhattan, is slowly making its way toward the Canadian coast. Msnbc.com's Al Stirrett reports.