Sortebrae - Pure-Landscapes

Sortebrae

The mighty Sortebrae glacier in East Greenland, Blosseville Kyst, shows an enormous retreat since we have taken the picture in July 1990 from a flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlugsuaq (Söndre Strömfjord) in West Greenland. The side glacier to the right, which had formed a perfectly shaped lobe when being merged with the main Sortebrae is completely gone in the Google maps satellite image dating back to around 2013. See the red circle which indicates where the 2 glaciers originally merged.

Looking closer at the glacier surface you will find the meanwhile retreated side glacier's original tongue which jutted out into Sortebrae like a big merged lobe about 20 km further down on the right hand side. Fully recovered but distorted in its round shape by the mighty pulling forces of the large ice system. This conservation of a former side glacier's lobe in its main glacier lasts now since the 1990th. It has less than 8 km to go before it starts breaking off into the ocean. It took about 20 years to move the 20 km downstream, so it should start to reach the sea in about 8 years: 2025?

Details of the deformated lobe:

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