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Location:  Europe, Greenland, Ilulisat

Category: Glacier View

Description: View of the IIcefjord and the Jakobshavn Glacier and Sermeq Kujalleq glacier in the Disko bay from the Hotel Arctic

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Jakobshavn Isbrę, also known as the Jakobshavn Glacier and Sermeq Kujalleq (in Greenlandic) is a large outlet glacier in West Greenland. It is located near to the Greenlandic town of Ilulissat  and ends at the sea in the Ilulissat Icefjord.

Jakobshavn Isbrę drains 6.5% of the Greenland ice sheet and produces around 10% of all Greenland icebergs. Some 35 billion tonnes of icebergs calve off and pass out of the fjord every year. Icebergs breaking from the glacier are often so large (up to a kilometer in height) that they are too tall to float down the fjord and lie stuck on the bottom of its shallower areas, sometimes for years, until they are broken up by the force of the glacier and icebergs further up the fjord. Studied for over 250 years, Jakobshavn Isbrę has helped develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. It is also one of the fastest moving glaciers, flowing at its terminus at speeds of around 20 metres per day.The speed of Jakobshavn Isbrę varied between 5700 and 12600 metres per year between 1992 and 2003. The ice stream's speed-up and near-doubling of ice flow from land into the ocean has increased the rate of sea level rise by about .06 millimeters (about .002 inches) per year, or roughly 4 percent of the 20th century rate of sea level rise. Jakobshavn Isbrae, retreated 30 km from 1850 - 1964, followed by a stationary front for 35 years. Jakobshavn has the highest mass flux of any glacier draining the Greenland Ice Sheet. The glacier terminus region also had a consistent velocity of 20 meters/day (maximum of 26 m in glacier center), from season to season and year to year, the glacier seemed to be in balance from 1955-1985 . After 1997 the glacier began to accelerate and thin rapidly, reaching an average velocity of 34 m/day in the terminus region.

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