The ice on Greenland is melting faster than ever.
Nowhere on Earth is climate change happening faster than in the Arctic, where the island of Greenland stands as one of the most visible symbols of the impacts that are already being felt. The ice sheet that covers most of the island is melting more rapidly today than in decades. The pace of melting on parts of Greenland’s ice has tripled in the last decade.
Greenland’s ice is one of the biggest things on Earth. The Greenland ice sheet spans about 656,000 square miles and measures about 1.9 miles deep at its thickest point. It covers about 80 percent of the island of Greenland, which is about three times the size of Texas. By contrast, the Antarctic ice sheet covers about 14 million square miles, or an area larger than the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined.
On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.
New climate change science explained by Peter Sinclair, just back from a scientific expedition to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Sinclair explains the feedback effects of melting ice, and the impacts on the northern polar jet stream and mean sea level.