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In July 2018, an iceberg weighing 11 million tons parked just offshore of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland. Ground-based photographs show its impressive height as it towered over the small village.

"This is absolutely beautiful," said Kelly Brunt, a glaciologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "The z dimension (height) is pretty extreme." When viewed from space, however, the iceberg is like a "Where's Waldo?" puzzle, becoming lost in a sea of similar looking bergs. On 05 July 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-colour image of the area.

Large icebergs, in terms of width and length, are common in Baffin Bay. And most of them usually move along a path that keeps them out of the harbor. But it is the height and position of the berg that poses potential trouble for Innaarsuit.

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Credit: NASA/USGS/Joshua Stevens/Kathryn Hansen

Iceberg towers over Greenland Village


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