Greenland from Aloft
May 22, 2007
Flying over Greenland on a flight from Moscow to New York last summer, the dense cloud cover that often obscures this icy island parted to reveal a spectacular view of the azure fjords along the southeastern coastline, littered with shards of ice. Glaciologists measuring the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the past two summers have recorded a rapid acceleration of ice melt in precisely the region shown above. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for April 21, 2004. Photo taken on July 10, 2006.