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Image of the Day: Greenland Ice Sheet Melting Faster

The Greenland ice sheet is melting quicker than anyone previously thought. A new estimate lowers the amount of heat necessary, and thus the time needed, to melt the Greenland ice sheet, according to Nature Climate Change. This is important because the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes significant sea level rise. Warming is also expected to affect Antarctica and other ice pockets worldwide causing rising sea levels. 

Ice cap in Greenland, near Kangerlussuaq Credit: Ludovic Hirlimann/flickr

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