Published: Mon, August 05, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Dramatic video shows glacier melt in Greenland turned into a charging river

Dramatic video shows glacier melt in Greenland turned into a charging river

Roughly 82% of the surface of Greenland is covered in ice, but climate scientists with the Danish Meterological Institute have found it is melting at a record rate.

According to data from the Polar Portal, which is run by Danish research institutions, Thursday marked the biggest melt day of the season so far, with about 11 billion tons of ice lost to the ocean. A study released Friday shows last month's heat wave in Europe was made more intense by human-caused climate change.

In this aerial view melting ice forms a lake on free-floating ice jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on July 30, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland.

According to CNN, the melted ice in the region is equivalent to 4 million Olympic swimming pools.

"This is certainly a weather event superimposed on an overall trend of warmer conditions that have increasingly melted Greenland ice over the long term", said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Date Center in Boulder, in the USA state of Colorado, which monitors ice sheets globally.

According to Polar Portal, almost 60 per cent of the ice sheet went through at least 1 mm of melt at the surface on Wednesday. All told, this July's melt alone was enough to raise global average sea levels by 0.02 inches (0.5 millimeters), according to the Post.

A staggering 217 billion tons (197 billion metric tons) of meltwater flowed off of Greenland's ice sheet into the Atlantic Ocean this July.

Besides, it may even last until the end of August 2019.

Free-floating ice captured near Ilulissat, Greenland.

Heat waves have always occurred, but Mike Sparrow, a spokesman for the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, noted that as global temperatures have risen, extreme heat waves are now occurring at least 10 times more frequently than a century ago.

In the video above, you can see water flowing so fast under a bridge.

She added that clear skies are likely to continue in Greenland "so we can still get a lot of ice melt even if the temperature is not spectacularly high".

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