Saturday, 21 September 2019

Amazing Fast-Melting Greenland (August) Shows Warming and Flooding

Greenland is the world’s largest island. It is located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The island is in the Kingdom of Denmark, but it has a degree of self-governance or autonomy. Greenland is really part of the continent of North America, but culturally it is associated with Europe (and nearby island of Iceland). The amazing fast-melting of Greenland has shown glaciers that quickly turn into water. The sea levels rise from this. Some people call it “coming closer to the end of the planet.”

In August it was warm there in the Arctic Circle in Greenland. In the town Kulusuk temperature reached 10.7 degrees Celsius. The ice that was melting was thousands of years old, but this ice can be destroyed quickly. This is a record-breaking hot summer this year with extreme melting. Scientists estimate that by the end of the summer, about 400 billion metric tons of ice will have melted off Greenland’s ice sheet. What is happening is both man-made climate change and strange weather patterns. Greenland’s worst year in modern history for melting was the summer of 2012.

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