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The rate of melting of glaciers of Greenland has increased, researchers found
Material posted: Publication date: 23-01-2019
the rate of melting of glaciers of Greenland has increased four times since 2003, it is faster than expected by scientists, the newspaper the Guardian , citing a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The newspaper reports that large pieces of ice break away from the huge glaciers of Greenland are melting in the Atlantic ocean, however, the greatest ice loss since 2003 occurred in the South-Western part of the island, where there are almost no huge glaciers. The newspaper notes that the surface ice melts due to global temperature rise, the flow of melt water into the ocean and raise the water level. South-Western Greenland, which has not previously been considered as a source of disaster for coastal cities will become the main source of rising sea levels in the future.

Один из островов архипелага Земля Франца-Иосифа
"We knew that we have one big problem with increasing speed of breaking off of ice from some major outlet glaciers (fast moving ice streams - ed.)... But now we realize the second major problem, which is that a growing number of ice masses will fall into the ocean as melt water in the rivers," the newspaper quoted chief author of the study and Professor of geodynamics at the Ohio state University Michael Bevis.
"The only thing we can do is to adapt and mitigate the effects of global warming, it's too late to avoid the consequences... This will lead to further sea level rise" - leads edition of the words of Bevis.
Айсберг у берегов одного из островов архипелага Земля Франца-Иосифа
The newspaper adds that the study to analyze the changes in ice mass, we used data of the satellite missions Grace and GPS stations located throughout Greenland.
The data showed that in the period from 2002 to 2016 Greenland was losing about 280 billion tons of ice a year, enough for the annual sea level rise of about 0.07 inch. If the whole of the vast ice sheets of Greenland, the thickness of which in some places reaches 3 kilometers, melted, sea level would rise by seven metres, flooding most coastal settlements.
According to the publication, the global melting of ice on land threatened by coastal areas such as Miami, Shanghai, Bangladesh and various Pacific Islands.

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