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Greenland Melting? Three Questions with Patrick Heimbach

Wed October 24th, 2012
Oceans at MIT

The surface of Greenland’s interior ice sheet experienced a period of extreme melting for several days during July, 2012. Oceans at MIT sat down with Patrick Heimbach, to discuss the ice melt event.

This satellite image shows that around July 11/12, the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet experienced an extreme melting event: white indicates the region without surface melt on July 8, an area of  higher elevation. But by July 12, the surface of the ice had melted, as indicated by the red area. This is the first time such an event has been recorded since scientists began remotely sensing ice sheets in the late 1970’s.  (Credit: NASA/ source

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