Greenland Experiencing Near-Record Melting of Surface Ice

Greenland Experiencing Near-Record Melting of Surface Ice

Climate change is responsible for Greenland ice melt.

Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, told CNN that Thursday marked the biggest melt of summer, and that it was about the equivalent of 4.4 million Olympic swimming pools. "The weather conditions that brought a heat wave to Europe last week have reached the Arctic, where scientists say they could trigger one of Greenland's biggest ice melts since 1950, when reliable records began".

That year, 97% of the Greenland ice sheet experienced melting.

As the warm weather subsides in the coming months, parts of Greenland's ice sheet will slowly begin to solidify once more, but we'll be seeing the effects of that 12.5 billion tonnes of ice it lost to the ocean for much, much longer in mounting sea level rise.

Video from science journalist Laurie Garrett went viral, showing melt water gushing under a bridge in Kangerlussiauq, a small town in western Greenland at the eastern end of a deep fjord. It looks like yes.

In this image taken on June 13, 2019 small pieces of ice float in the water off the shore in Nuuk, Greenland.

That's as far back as data about the ice sheet's daily mass loss has been recorded.

Experts believe that the soaring temperatures all over the earth led to more than 197 billion tons of ice melting. This is because of high temperatures observed for the past four months from May, according to news website CNN.

Free-floating ice captured near Ilulissat, Greenland.

Ice covers 82 per cent of Greenland's surface, which is the second-largest ice sheet after the Antartic. This year, the world saw its hottest month of June ever.

During the Arctic Summit in April, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heralded the melting of the sea ice as an economic opportunity: "Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade", he said during a speech on the sidelines of the summit in Finland.

On average, the Greenland ice sheet produces about 270 gigatons of discharge in the oceans per year, Tedesco said.

It's not exactly the kind of record you're happy to see broken.

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