NASA: Greenland glacier melting rapidly

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
NASA: Greenland Glacier Melting Rapidly


A giant glacier in Greenland is rapidly melting, according to NASA.

A recent study in the journal Science notes that the glacier, Zachariae Isstrom, initially came loose in 2012—ending a period of glacial stability and ushering in years of rising waters.

It drains an area roughly the size of five percent of Greenland's entire ice sheet.

If the glacier melted completely, it would raise ocean levels over 18 inches all on its own.

And now, according to NASA, it's "on a crash diet" and is "losing 5 billion tons of mass every year"—all into the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jeremie Mouginot, one of study's authors, said, "The shape and dynamics of Zachariae Isstrom have changed dramatically over the last few years. The glacier is now breaking up and calving high volumes of icebergs into the ocean, which will result in rising sea levels for decades to come."

4 PHOTOS
Zachariae Isstrom Glacier Greenland
See Gallery
NASA: Greenland glacier melting rapidly
Photo: NASA 
Photo: NASA 
Photo: NASA 
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION
Read Full Story

People are Reading