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September 4, 2010

Humboldt Glacier Retreat, Greenland

Humboldt Glacier in northwest Greenland terminates in a 100 km wide calving front in the sea. This is the longest such calving front in Greenland, capturing our imagination for potential havoc. The lack of confining topography prevents the development of the strong ice stream flow we see on Jakobshavn Glacier or the weaker ice stream flow of Petermann Glacier and its subsequent long floating tongue. Humboldt Glacier’s unique calving front …