Video of the Week: The Graceful Flow of an Ellesmere Island Glacier

GlacierHub’s Video of the Week features footage of a flowing piedmont glacier on Ellesmere Island, which lies in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. The animated images, posted on Twitter by glaciologist Jakub Małecki, give the impression of a glacier in graceful motion.

Much of Ellesmere Island is covered by glaciers and ice sheets. Research published in 2016 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that ice mass on the island—and across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago—has decreased dramatically in recent years.

Melting land ice, such as from Ellesmere Island’s glaciers, contributes to sea level rise, which threatens some of the world’s most populated and economically valuable cities.

Christopher Harig, an author on the 2016 study, told GlacierHub: “Worldwide, on the order of 500 million people could be directly impacted by rising sea level by the end of this century. The human impact is combined with a large financial impact as well. So regardless of where people live, I think the impacts of ice loss and sea level rise will be easily seen in the future.”

Check out the video:

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Photo Friday: Island Glaciers of the Canadian Arctic

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