25 Jul '12, 9am

Scientists are calling it an extreme event: 97% of Greenland's surface ice suddenly melts in just two weeks #climate

Scientists are calling it an extreme event: 97% of Greenland's surface ice suddenly melts in just two weeks #climate

Surface melt over Greenland's ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right); Credit: © NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center More of Greenland's surface ice sheet has melted this month than since records began 30 years ago. A massive 97% of the surface ice sheet melted in July and was so large that scientists could scarcely believe it. Much of the meltwater freezes again later, but the findings still give cause for concern. But measurements from three National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellites confirmed almost every part of the ice sheet, which is two miles deep in the middle and much thinner at the edge, suffered some melting. Every summer, around half Greenland's surface ice sheet melts. On higher ground, much of the meltwater freezes again. In coastal areas, some meltwater goes into the ice sheet and the remainder finds its way into the ocean. The satel...

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