Greenland’s ice melting rapidly

Greenland’s ice melting rapidly
# 23 May 2010 02:02 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Global warming has accelerated the pace at which Greenland’s ice is melting, making the land underneath rise at a more rapid speed, a new study says, APA reports quoting official site of Press TV.

"During ice ages and in times of ice accumulation, the ice suppresses the land," said co-author Shimon Wdowinski.

He added that global warming has led to an opposing effect on the moving glaciers in Greenland, an island situated in the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of Canada, is nearly covered by a two-kilometer thick icecap.

"It’s been known for several years that climate change is contributing to the melting of Greenland’s ice sheet," said lead researcher Tim Dixon, stressing that the melting is happening so fast that the uplift of the underlying land is visible.

Latest figures have revealed that some coastal areas are going up by nearly one inch per year. The study published in Nature Geoscience, however, predicted that number would be as high as two inches per year by 2025, if the current trends continue.

While similar trend is affecting the ice caps in the islands of Iceland and Svalbard, scientists stressed that Greenland’s ice melt is more important as it has a big impact on global sea level rise.

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) researchers concluded that global warning associated with ice melt, upward lift of the underlying land and sea level rise is real.
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