The 35 square kilometer sized ice island from Petermann Glacier PII-A has split into two pieces of about equal size over the last 4 days while moving almost 10 km per day to the south along the 150 meter contour of water depth.
It cleared the Grey Islands to its north and may now turn counter-clockwise around deeper water to the north of Horse Islands. The Canadian Ice Service continues to watch the many icebergs that PII-A has spawned all along the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland with daily charts and RadarSat imagery. While the data from the NASA’s MODIS mission resides in the public domain serving a global community, the Canadian RadarSat is commercial product unaffordable serving only a select few.
The two new ice islands should perhaps be called PII-Aa and PII-Ab. While their size no longer compares well to that of all of Manhattan, each is about as big as 5 Central Parks of Manhattan, or about 10,000 times my garden which is a third of an acre.