Ice Sheets in Greenland Melting Rapidly Give Rise to Global Sea Levels

Greenland is facing an alarming increase in ice melts. Greenland comes only second to Antarctica in terms of land-based ice deposit. The global increase in melting ice sheets has been on the rise and is at its peak. According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), the temperatures at northwestern Greenland experience its highest ever point.

Steffen Olsen, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), released a recent picture of the terrain covered with water. The picture shows a pack of snow dogs hauling a sled through the water. The picture has become viral due to the fact that the terrain was supposed to be a thick layer of ice. The molten water layer over the ice sheet has raised concerns over the climate change patterns.

Scientists and researchers are stunned at this unusual melting of ice sheets. It is normal for ice sheets to be melting in the summer, however, this time the process has started way earlier. The melting has reportedly started a month prior to its original course. This shall increase the span of the melting season, giving rise to global sea levels. The molten ice is expected to melt quicker than the white ice sheets because of its darker color which absorbs more heat. Geologist Trevor Nace explains the process while writing for Forbes, “Hence, as Greenland melts more of its ice, the surface is converted from a high albedo white to darker colors. This, in turn, causes more melting and adds to the positive feedback loop.”

Ruth Mottram, a climatologist at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) noticed that the island nation experienced more than 4.1 billion tons of ice melting on June 17 alone. He told the AFP that “There was a dry winter and then recently [there has been] warm air, clear skies and sun — all preconditions for an early melting.”