Grenland Ice Sheet Melting Breaks 30 Year Record

On August 8th, 2012, Greenland experienced a record breaking ice sheet melt. Greenland’s typical melting season lasts from June until the start of September. However, with four weeks left in the season, this will prove to be the greatest melt since the beginning of melting records in 1979. Microwave satellite sensors were used to calculate the melting and the results of the testing showed that every part of Greenland was effected by the melt. Most of the meltwater will go on to contribute to sea-level rise, although the amount of water for this particular melt was relatively small. Scientists are still trying to figure out whether or not global warming was the cause of the colossal melt.

 

Samantha Ostwald

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