New studies show that the ice in Greenland is showing signs of melting before it was predicted. This research contradicts the one made last year. The current research shows that the loss of ice between 2003 and 2013 has reached 2,700 gigatons. The one made last year showed only 2,500 gigatons were lost.
The difference of 7,6 % was caused by the activation of the volcanoes from Iceland.
This study also showed that Greenland has lost over 40 trillion pounds of ice each year until now. The researchers say that this is a very big quantity and the situation is alarming. A total of 590 trillion pounds of lost ice between 2003 and and 2013 was registered.
The melted ice contributes to the rise of the sea-level. The Antarctica and Greenland ice that is melting can drown many low-lying cities and countries in the world. The ice-sheet from Greenland is the second-largest one after Antarctica, which is melting too.
The reason for the melting of ice in these two places is climate change that is caused by man. This means that we are the ones responsible for this problem.
Although the difference between the loss estimated by last year’s research and this one is not that big, it is still a surprise and not a good one.
The co-author of the study, Michael Bevis from Ohio State University thinks that these new findings can shed some light in the way that global warming is affecting the ice. It can also predict when or if the sea-level are going to rise high enough to drown the cities.
The rise of the sea level measured an average of 8 inches in the last century. It may seem small, but in a few years, it can cause serious damage to some cities and countries.
The worst thing that could happen is the total melting of the ice sheet in Greenland because the scientists predicted a sea level rise of 20 feet. Despite this, they mentioned that this is not going to happen for a long time.
Michael Bevis also said that people should be concerned about this issue even if they are not affected by it now. He also mentioned that if the rate of melting stays the same for the next decades there will be no problem, but he doesn’t believe that this is the case. This means that the rate of melting it going to be even bigger over the years.
Do you think that the ice melting in Greenland can affect us?
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