Not So Fast: Greenland Ice Melting, But Slower Than Thought

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 19, 2006   View Article

The Greenland ice sheet is rapidly wasting away—but not as quickly as some recent studies have found, according to a new analysis.

Several recent studies have suggested that the island has been losing ice at a rate sufficient to push global sea levels up by 0.02 inch (0.5 millimeter) a year.

The new analysis cuts that rate in half, but the ice-mass loss is still happening fast enough to alarm scientists.

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