NASA snaps worrying images of new crack in large Greenland glacier

April 17, 2017 by  
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One of Greenland’s biggest glaciers could be in trouble. A Netherlands university professor pointed out a new chasm in the Petermann Glacier, as seen in satellite images . NASA’s Operation IceBridge recently went over to check it out and captured photographs that don’t look too good. Scientists say the crack is in an unusual place, and aren’t sure what caused it. Delft University of Technology professor Stef Lhermitte provided coordinates for Operation IceBridge, which flew over the rift to snap pictures. The significant crack is close to the center of Petermann Glacier’s floating ice shelf, which is a strange place for it to be according to scientists. The new chasm is not too far away from another longer and wider rift snaking towards the center of the ice shelf from the eastern side wall, and if the two intersect, a chunk could break off. Related: Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier There may be some hope – a feature NASA called a medial flowline could “exert a stagnating effect on the propagation of the new rift toward the older one.” Petermann Glacier has seen ice islands break off in the past, in 2010 and 2012. The 2010 chunk was over four times the size of Manhattan, and according to Massachusetts representative Edward J. Markey was the “largest piece of Arctic ice to break free in nearly half a century.” Since those two events the glacier has grown back a bit, but should another ice island break off, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland’s Jason Box told The Washington Post it could be over two times as big as Manhattan, or 50 to 70 square miles big. Lhermitte, after looking at NASA’s recent images, told The Washington Post, “From these images alone, it is difficult to already say anything about what exactly caused the crack on this unusual spot.” Via The Washington Post and Mashable Images via NASA/DMS/Gary Hoffmann and NASA/Kelly Brunt

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Green-roofed wooden tower in Lagos maximizes daylight and natural ventilation

April 17, 2017 by  
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This green-roofed wooden tower planned for Lagos features a perforated envelope inspired by indigenous cultures of the area. Hermann Kamte & Associates designed the experimental structure as an alternative to the massive concrete buildings that dominate the city. By contrast, the wooden tower emphasizes passive design principles that marry indoor and outdoor living. The building was designed for the Plan B: City Above the City competition. Each floor provides a variety of residential units surrounded by a belt of lush greenery. Divided into 4 parts, the new building sits atop an existing housing estate, with sky gardens and other amenities separating the old and the new. A rooftop garden provides panoramic views of the city and functions as an informal gathering space and restaurant. Related: Shanty Megastructures envisions a colossal vertical slum in the heart of Lagos The wooden envelope incorporates traditional patterns from the Yoruba culture, and it provides protection from direct sun while giving the project a unique appearance. The entire structure is designed using LVL timber for both load-bearing and non-load bearing elements. + Hermann Kamte & Associates

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Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier

July 19, 2012 by  
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A massive chunk of ice twice the size of Manhattan just broke off from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, which is one of the two largest glaciers left in the country. The ice island was part of a major ice shelf (connecting the great Greenland ice sheet with the ocean) that has waned in past years due to the region’s warming climate . The event was reported by  Andreas Muenchow , associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in his  “Icy Seas” blog. Read the rest of Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , day after tomorrow , greenland , greenland glacier , ice island manhattan , ice land , iceberg , melting icecap , petermann glacier , twice the size of manhattan

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Visitors Can Bask in the Glow of Anthony McCall’s Light Beam Sculptures

July 19, 2012 by  
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£60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path!

July 19, 2012 by  
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At the foot of Ben Nevis in Scotland is a mile-long, rocky, winding track that has attracted thousands of hikers, ramblers and even film crews. The classic Steall Gorge Footpath in Glen Nevis, near Fort William, was famously used in the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , where the young wizard was confronted by a massive dragon. However time has taken its toll of the pathway and now conservation charity, the John Muir Trust (JMT), has launched a national appeal for £60,000 of funding to restore it to its former glory. Read the rest of £60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: European Outdoor Conservation Association , glen nevis , Harry Potter , harry potter and the goblet of fire , john muir trust , Scotland , steall gorge , steall gorge appeal , steall gorge footpath

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