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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:18 PM

NASA scientists track Greenland's melting ice, and the findings are not good

By Associated Press
Published: Aug 15, 2019 7:16 p.m. ET

‘It’s a little scary’ as climate change eats away at massive glaciers

ABOARD A NASA RESEARCH PLANE OVER GREENLAND-
...Like nearly every other glacier on Greenland, the massive Kangerlussuaq is melting. In fact, the giant frozen island has seen one of its biggest melts on record this year. NASA scientist Josh Willis is now closely studying the phenomenon in hopes of figuring out precisely how global warming is eating away at Greenland’s ice.

...Water brings more heat to something frozen faster than air does, as anyone who has ever defrosted a steak under the faucet knows. If Willis’ theory that much of the damage is from the water turns out to be correct, he said, “there’s a lot higher potential for Greenland to melt more quickly than we thought.” And that means seas rising faster and coastal communities being inundated more.

Greenland contains enough ice to make world sea levels rise by 20 feet if it were all to melt. In a single day this month, it lost a record 13.7 billion tons by one estimate.

“It’s a little scary,” Willis said as looked down on an area filled with more water than ice. “We’re definitely watching the ice sheet disappear in front of us.”

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nasa-scientists-track-greenlands-melting-ice-and-the-findings-are-not-good-2019-08-15



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bronxiteforever Aug 2019 OP
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2019 #1
zipplewrath Aug 2019 #2
hatrack Aug 2019 #3
bronxiteforever Aug 2019 #4

Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:54 PM

1. "more quickly than we thought."



Has been the mantra of climate change news for several years now.
We are seeing and feeling the effects in so many ways, now, instead of a few years from now that was predicted.

Dunno about you, but I have been walking around grieving about the losses for a few years now.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 09:01 PM

2. Yup

The scientists, in their endeavor to be accurate and not over state things, often misunderstood phenomenon that would accelerate this. As things melt, gases are released, and other processes accelerate. I've begun to wonder about the effect of so much fresh water pouring into various oceans. We've long ago passed a point of "no return". I just wonder what the next two generations can do, and will do, in light of these realities.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2019, 08:04 AM

3. Sail straight north today from the narrowest point of the Bering Strait . . .

On that course, you won't encounter any sea ice for 700 miles.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 16, 2019, 09:04 AM

4. +1 incredible and shocking.

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