The Associated PressSeptember 15, 2020 9:59:40 AM
In the northeastern Arctic, a huge part of the Greenland ice cap has broken off. A development that, according to scientists, is evidence of rapid climate change.
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The glacier is located at the end of the northeastern Greenland ice stream, where it flows from land into the ocean.
Annual changes at the end of the melting season for the largest Arctic ice shelf in northeast Greenland are measured using optical satellite images. The survey is known according to GEUS. It shows that the area’s ice losses have exceeded 50 square kilometers in each of the past two years.
The ice shelf has lost 160 square kilometers since 1999, an area almost twice the size of Manhattan, New York.
“We should be very concerned about the seemingly progressive disintegration in the largest remaining ice shelf in the Arctic,” said GEUS Professor Jason Box.
“Another large piece of vital sea ice has fallen into the ocean,” said Laura Meller, a spokeswoman for Greenpeace, who is aboard the organization’s Arctic Sunrise ship at the edge of the sea ice. “This is yet another alarm bell ringing by the climate crisis in a rapidly heating Arctic.”
Last week, Ruth Mottram, an ice scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen, said: “Again this year the ice cover has lost more ice than was added in the form of snow.”
“What is thought-provoking is that we would have called it extreme if we had … seen this collapse 30 years ago. In recent years we have got used to a high collapse. “
In August, a study showed that Meanwhile, Greenland lost a record amount of ice an extra warm 2019, in which the melt is massive enough to cover California with more than four feet of water.